Winner, Henry Bartlett Memorial People’s Choice Award
Tattersall’s Landscape Art Prize 2018
Most days I go to dog park, early, with Zozo.
In winter it is quite dark, the sun doesn’t hit the grass until late morning.
I love the dogs, the people, and the trees – equally I think.
Oil on linen, 83 x 137cm
With flashes of silver and a flourish of green, the wind swept through the banksias on Diggers Headland.
Charcoal, pastel on Arches paper, 59 x 96cm
Andrew Fisher Portrait Prize, Gympie Regional Gallery, 2018
Several years ago a series of very difficult events unfolded culminating in my getting a serious health issue which meant that I couldn’t work, lost my business, my clients. Long story short, new drug, health restored. I started drawing gardens rather than buildings. I’m “Back from Black” and in Maria’s Garden !
Oil on linen, 60 x 100cm
Finalist, Elaine Birmingham National Watercolour Prize 2017
I am interested in the remnant spaces and landscape between and behind buildings, and buildings that are unassuming, which may not even register with passers by. Are these places used and familiar to people or are they unnoticed, even abandoned? On a pre dawn walk I saw this boarding house – the windows lit like jewels.
Watercolour 46 x 92cm
I visited the “Future Beauty – 30 Years of Japanese Fashion” exhibition at GOMA to sketch so many times that I am sure the attendants thought I was going to bring out my own range. There was such a range of creative work, so beautifully imagined and presented, that I could have continued for many more months. Matching the media to the design made sketching slightly less daunting. Brush and ink, and pencil worked well for Yohji Yamamoto’s designs, Issey Miyaki’s architectural folds were a draughtsman’s delight, and the only way I could think of rendering Junya Watanabe’s etheral design was scribbling in manganese blue and cadmium red pencil. Drawing Rei Kawakubo’s designs was fun, pure and simple.
Much though I coveted many of these dresses, the likelihood of my ever owning one is extremely remote. By drawing them however, I will always own them in my imagination.