I was born and lived in Brisbane for 20 years before moving to New Guinea to work for The Department of Treasury in Port Moresby and then The South Pacific Post (the local newspaper).
My father (a professional photographer) had always encouraged me to actually 'see'. I guess the drives in the country with him were actually my first lessons. He would talk about the sky and the clouds - how the colour changes - perspective - atmosphere and so on. This was an exciting way to view the world and very helpful when I started collecting my reference images.
Marriage and children followed and then being able to spend 1977 overseas gave me the opportunity to visit and revisit the wonderful galleries in London, France and Italy. In recent years I have added galleries in Spain, St. Petersburg and New York to the list and this has contributed greatly to my ongoing art education.
In 1984 our family of six (four children) moved to Toowoomba where I would paint whenever I found the time.
My then painting area consisted of shelving, an ironing board and a stool. This worked very well as I found the ironing board to be the perfect height ... not much ironing got done though.
Over the years there have been a number of Summer Schools and Workshops ...... " it is always ongoing and a wonderful journey".
For any enquiries please go to 'Contact Page' and I'll be in touch!
Recent awards and exhibitions ...
2023 The Nancy Culliford award at the Toowoomba Art Society
2023 Highly Commended award
2022 Best Painting - The Fred and Anne Gardiner award ... Toowoomba Art Society - Members' Exhibition.
2021 Highly Commended for Gum Leaf Chorus -
Toowoomba Art Society Members' Exhibition.
2021 Three paintings received acquisition awards at the
Aspects Art Show Goondiwindi .... 'The River Mouth',
'The Bend in the River' & 'Surf and Sand'
2020 Toowoomba Art Society Annual Members' Exhibition
- 2nd Prise ...Nancy Culliford Award for 'Happy Days'
2020 Invited to be one of the five feature artists for The
Taroom Art Show 26 & 27 September.
2020. Exhibited four paintings by invitation - St Aidens
School Art Exhibition
2019. Solo exhibition - Toowoomba - 'A Weekend in
2019 Feature Artist at the Downlands Art Exhibition .
2019 Two paintings acquired ... One by the Regional
Council from The Contemporary Art Exhibition -
Inverell Regional Gallery.
2019. Aspects Art Show .. Two paintings received an
'By the Lake' and 'Birds Eye View'
... First Price - Still Life - Toowoomba RNA Art
2018. Solo Exhibition - Toowoomba - 'The Winter Exhibition'
2018 Aspects Art Show Goondiwindi. My four paintings
each received an Acquisition Award..
'Cooling Off at the Beach', 'Lily Pond', 'Agapanthus and
Jacaranda' and 'Autumn on the Granite Belt' .
Received a New Exhibitor award and a Highly
Commended in the Landscape.
... Gallery finalist in the Brisbane Lethbridge 10000 Art
Award - 'Autumn in Toowoomba - Campbell Street.
... Finalist Stanthorpe Art Prize - 'The Spirit of Dawn on
the Granite Belt'
... Reserve Champion painting at the Toowoomba Royal
2017. Solo Exhibition - Toowoomba -
2017 First Prize for best painting (Fred Gardiner award) -
Society's annual Spring Exhibition for 'The Gingko
Archibald Portrait Prize entrant
2016. Solo Exhibition - Toowoomba -
2016 The Nancy Culliford Award
for 'Beach Flags and Umbrellas' -
Toowoomba Art Society
2015 First Prize - 'Fred Gardiner' Award, Toowoomba Art Society
Finalist - Lethbridge 10,000 Art Award Brisbane
Finalist - Rotary Art Spectacular, Brisbane
Archibald Portrait Prize entrant (pictured)
2014 First Prize - 'Fred Gardiner' award, Toowoomba Art
2013 The Patron's Prize and Highly Commended -
Toowoomba Art Society
2012 People's Choice - Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
2010 First Prize - Murray's Art and Framing Spring
2009 First Prize - 'Fred Gardiner' Award, Toowoomba Art