Born into a family of artists and potters, I have had a ball of clay, pencil or brush in my
hand for as long as I can remember. Our family business ‘Hillcraft’ hosted international
ceramic instructors and I gained certification to teach at the age of 15. After completing
TOP Arts in 1981 I had been accepted into RMIT Fine Art but was pulled back into the
family business to teach and produce workbooks for porcelain dollmaking. China painting
and porcelain arts were my focus for the next 25yrs.
In 2006 I rekindled my love of oil painting and began life drawing again. In 2008 I started
portrait oil classes with Claude Ciccone , pastel & oil with Raelene Sharp as well as
botanical watercolour with Jenny Phillips at The Botanical Art School of Melbourne. My
years of painting 3 dimensional faces has drawn me to specialize in children’s pastel
portraits which have kept me constantly busy through commissions over the last 15 years.
I move between a variety of mediums depending upon the subject sometimes with a
thread of a similar theme. I like to explore subjects in both 2 & 3 dimensions. A study
drawing of a flower can begin with a pastel painting, followed by a lino cut as well as a
porcelain bass relief. I am currently inspired by the ever changing shapes and colour of
nature. The way the light can alter the colour of a lotus leaf from blue green to lime. The
shifting shimmer of a peacock feather and the structure of a butterfly wing when
enlarged 100 times. I like to work from real life objects and never cease to be in awe of the
patterns and rhythm that flows across every species on this planet.