I am a retired primary school teacher who majored in Art in College and has taught Art in several schools.
I have always drawn , especially portraits . Since retiring in 2011 I have been able to return to my great love of painting in oils. My style is stylised realism and my inspiration comes from nature with my favourite subjects being people, birds, dramatic landscapes and sunsets.
I am a member of the Geelong Art Society and take part in life drawing, portrait group , plein air group and print making classes. I enjoy creating animal and people portraits using pastels, charcoal and graphite as well as oils.
Every year I am part of a group of 4 artists who run an art/ clock exhibition in Belmont to raise money for cancer research.This is a major exhibition , where each of the artists exhibits 25 artworks. In the past 2 exhibitions I have included prints as well as oil paintings .
In 2014 I helped organise an art show called Against the Tide which raised money for Diversitat resettlement program. As a member of the Geelong Art Society Committee , I am involved in advertising and organising several exhibitions , including the annual VCE exhibition showcasing the art of some of the best VCE Arts students in Geelong . In 2016 this was held at the Deakin Waterfront Campus . I also run a weekly Life Drawing Session which is held at Shearers Arms Studio from 1pm to 3pm on Wednesdays .
I have been entering more works in a variety of art exhibitions mainly in Geelong , the Surf Coast and the Bellarine Peninsula . I have enjoyed some success in these ventures.
When deciding what to paint, I often return to my favourite topic- nature . I especially enjoy painting birds and sunsets as well as the textures found in rocks and trees . I also enjoy creating portraits of people and animals which I do in oils, graphite, charcoal , pastels and watercolours. I have completed several commissions and am always happy to do more! Over the last five to six years, I have been learning printmaking and thoroughly enjoy the techniques and challenges .
It is my aim to share the beauty and awe that I see in Nature’s work with others.I strive to improve my technique each time I create an artwork without losing my unique style.