I was very lucky – my parents exposed me to art early and often, and when I wanted to spend a significant amount of time drawing and creating – they encouraged me.
I remember I received my first Art Prize for drawing in kindy, then won a pair of roller skates in a Paddle-Pop Lion competition in primary school. In Year 10 I was shortlisted for The National Art Award, and I won the school award in my senior year. These awards all encouraged me, built my confidence, and gave me direction. I always knew I wanted to be an artist or have a career in the creative industries. We need artists. They are important in society and reflect our world back on us.
Artists attempt to make things that have an authority or presence. My main motivation has always been to create something of lasting value. Artworks serve many purposes, they may elevate viewers, entertain, question the world, record our culture, history, surprise or even comfort.
Artists should not underestimate the importance of the stories we tell ourselves about how art can make a difference. These motivational fictions describe the ways a work might interact with the world to justify that our art has transformational potential. We hope that our work might be understood as being critical of society or a sanctuary from it.
After secondary school, I studied a Fine Arts degree at University, then continued to study teaching. I went on to work for 16 years in education, pursuing my own artwork but not in a serious manner. In 2014 I completed my Masters, post graduate studies in Fine Art and was a resident artist working in a studio at Jugglers Art Space, Fortitude Valley; Brisbane.
A life in the arts can be simultaneously rewarding, frustrating, doubt-filled, joyful, and uncertain. There are struggles and pleasures. As an artist you pursue those questions and aesthetics that mean the most to you. My practice is inspired by natural science and man’s behavioural relationships with animals. I consider the possibility of intersubjective communication in human-animal encounters and to what extent our emotional lives might be compared to those of animals. I work in a variety of media and develop imagery in my drawings and paintings through a process of layering materials and marks.
Based in Queensland, I have won and been a finalist in various art awards including the Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing, The Outback Open Art Prize, The John Villiers Outback Award, and The Waverley Art Prize.
In 2018 I held my first international solo art exhibition at WM Gallery in Amsterdam – called ‘Environmental Nostalgia’; an exhibition featuring ink drawings of critically endangered Australian animals. This has been the highlight of my art career wiith Dr Brett Mason – the Australian ambassador to the Netherlands opening the show.
Traffic Jam Galleries in Sydney has represented me as an artist since 2015. Exhibitions held here include – ‘Wild Things’, ‘Dog Show’, and ‘Fashioned from Nature’. I have participated in many group exhibitions in Queensland as well as interstate.
I worked as Art Gallery Coordinator at Petrie Terrace Gallery for the Royal Queensland Art Society from 2019 – 2021. In this role I was actively involved in the running of the gallery, hanging of shows, planning, and organising opening night events and liaising with artists. My work has been bought by collectors around the world and Australian regional galleries.
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