I do these quick drawings or watercolour paintings on watercolour paper, or in my notebook every day. Usually every morning, as soon as there is enough light to see, I pick up my paintbox and start. I am always surprised at what emerges on the paper. There are multiple styles and subjects. I work spontaneously…at that time of day there are very few defences. At first this was just a private activity, I had no idea that anybody else would like these images or even find them interesting, but I understand now that most people feel these things too and relate to them personally.
I find this way of working is a wonderful way to keep my skills honed and to bring forth fresh images that then feed my larger paintings.
Born in England 1954
1967 Emigrated to Australia
1968-1973 Attended Nepean High School, Emu Plains NSW.
1974-1976 - Sculpture at the National Art School Darlinghurst Sydney NSW
1976 group exhibition with Mike Parr at the Sculpture Gallery, The Rocks Sydney NSW
1986-present, professional performer of Egyptian Belly Dance
2002 solo exhibition “The Hem of the Skirt of Helen of Troy” TAP Gallery Surrey Hills Sydney NSW
2003-present teacher and performer of Egyptian Belly Dance, Sydney and South Coast NSW
2008 solo exhibition at Mogo Raw Art and Blues, Mogo NSW
2009 finalist Basil Sellers Art Prize, Moruya
2010 solo exhibition “A Journey Through Madness and Out the Other Side” ANCA Gallery, Canberra
2010 Finalist Basil Sellers Art Prize Moruya
2010 solo exhibition “FOOD CLOTHING SHELTER LOVE” Australian Defence Force Academy
Library, Canberra ACT
2011-12 Study Masters in Fine Art Painting at the School of Art ANU Canberra
2012 Highly Commended finalist Bega Valley Art Prize