I grew up in East Africa, often living in remote and magnificent landscapes which underpins my connection with the land. I left at 19 to study art in England gaining a BA [Hons] in Fine Art and exhibiting at the Royal Academy of Art, Young Contemporaries, in my final year. I got the chance to travel and see the great art and design of Europe.
I moved to Far North Queensland in 1980, taught for TAFE and private groups while working in textile design and illustration. A move to the Sunshine Coast in 1991 gave me an opportunity to complete a Cert IV in Interior Design and I was awarded a textile design award and an RADF grant for Futura I putting a design concept into a product.
Twelve years ago I resumed painting with representation at Lasting Impressions Gallery Kenilworth, Red Hill Gallery Brisbane and Caloundra Regional Gallery. My work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions and I have collaborated with other artists in many workshops. I have been a finalist in a number of art prizes and my work is represented in Australia and Internationally.
Nine months ago I returned to Cairns. The exhibition at Frame is my first showing of work in the North.
My work is not about representation but about the emotion it evokes. As an artist my work is a continuing journey of life experiences, cultural influences and a deep intuitive sense that dictates the foundation of my work. Conscious decision making, only occurs at the end. I start out with an idea that gradually changes as I apply huge washes of paint over the canvas a mix of painting, collage of old drawings and mono printing builds up the layers and reflects hidden memories with expressive marks and symbols. I want my work to reflect an untold story that triggers a response in the viewer.
Changeover will be on display at Frame for 6 weeks from Monday, July 25th.