Biography

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I am an abstract painter, designer and maker of objects. I created my first large expressive work at the age of 4, on the living room wall, having been left unsupervised with only a limited supply of paper and a box of crayons. I have been painting and drawing ever since, no doubt inspired by close family creatives: an actor, a ceramicist, several painters, musicians and an engineer.

The expansive rural landscapes that dominated my physical environment from an early age, and subsequent intense exposure to urban environments, began what has become a recurrent painterly context in which I describe fragments of memorialised experience. Ephemeral distant memories are made tangible through abstract conceptual elements and colour.

Global wanderings have incubated my visual aesthetic. In my work, I incorporate expressive colour, texture and ornament, structures and forms, architectural details and design elements, referencing wide-open spaces, the density of cities, seas and mountains; rhythms and seasons.

Academic study in the fields of fine art, design technology and education, along with a passion for exploring art movements as broader collective ‘time capsules’ encouraged me to take an experimental approach to my process. I challenge my own perspective of the work, its relevance to the viewer, its place in my life journey, and artists' collective contribution to society.

For me, life is about layers of complexity, contrast, evolving ideas, personal narratives and responses, which I strive to convey through my work.

I live and work on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia, having emigrated from England in 2001.

Qualifications

Post Graduate Certificate in Education - Art and Design (Secondary/High School)

BA(Honours) Fine Art and Design Technology

Higher National Diploma in Art Foundation Studies

 

Education

Bath Spa University, UK (Sept 1999 - June 2000)

York Business College, UK (Sept 1995 - June 1996)

Leeds University, UK (Sept 1992 - June 1995)

Newcastle Arts & Technical College, UK (Sept 1991 -  June 1992)

York Arts & Technical College, UK (Sept 1990 - June 1991)

Volunteer Community Projects 

Large scale murals in schools and kindergartens.

Sculpture projects with kindergarten and primary school students.

Props and set design for youth theatre.

Graphic design for community groups, including logos, website and branding.

Project design, presentation and grant writing for schools.

Craft and painting workshops with school students.

Environment focussed assemblage workshops with primary school students.

Research and submission writing for local community groups.

Other

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