I love to travel and explore new places and feel very connected to the raw beauty of the natural landscape, its stunning colours and the varying shades of light and form at different times of the day, translating this onto the canvas so that the viewer can feel this too. All my paintings are places I have travelled to, mostly on family roadtrips and plein air painting getaways.
'Above the Mamu Canopy' was inspired by a family roadtrip to Far North Queensland. Driving from The Atherton Tablelands to Innisfail, the evergreen surrounds are really quite beautiful. Along the way, located within Wooroonooran National Park, is the Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway set in the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest, with sweeping views out to the mountainous landscape. The richness of the leaf colours above the canopy and out to the mountains are quite spectacular.
I am a Contemporary Landscape Artist who grew up in Toowoomba and am now based in Brisbane. My niece is a current student at Downlands College. I have always been creative and since childhood, have loved colour and styling. I really enjoyed Art at school and would have loved to have continued it in my senior years, but as most of us did then, I chose more practical subjects. Painting hadn't been on my radar until 14 years ago after my 2nd child was born and I wanted to do a drawing class as some me time, which turned into a painting class over the next few years and I really loved it. I started to really notice all the colours in the landscape, the cadmium yellow highlight on the leaf of a tree or the cerulian blue that was in one of the shades of green. Once you notice these colours, you can't unsee them. Whenever we go travelling, I am in awe of the landscape and see so many moments, colours & shades of light that I feel need to be captured in paint. I mostly paint in Acrylics and Oils on premium Canvas or board or Gouache on Paper when en plein air.
I took painting and drawing classes with Priscilla Jean for several years and have attended workshops with John Corby, Colley Whisson & Jo Bertini, though many Australian Landscape Artists inspire me. En plein air is my favourite way to paint at the moment. I find being in the landscape itself, absorbing all that is in that moment has really influenced and energised the way I paint.
2021 The Collective Store, Wynnum
2021 Aspire Gallery, Red Hill 'Stand Still'
2015 Aspire Gallery, Red Hill 'Floral'
2015 Aspire Gallery, Red Hill 'Foot Square'
2013 Redlands Art Gallery 'In Focus'
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