ARTIST STATEMENT

As an artist, I employ a visual language to allow us to see things in a new light.

The collective inspiration for my art is the allure of the nature, the subtleties of the landscape and what is overlooked in the everyday. I am motivated by simple aesthetics­ ­— space, light, colour and texture.

My work is an emotional response to the natural world. Rather than depicting the physical truth of a landscape, I aim to express its essence. I draw upon remembered places and images in my mind to create new visual experiences. My paintings are an abstract interpretation of what the land presents… leaves that scatter the bush floor, twigs that lie in patches, peeling bark on tree trunks, the dappled sunlit earth, a horizon etched out from the sky.

I enable the paint surface to dictate, bringing a touch of the unexpected. I seek a certain amount of unity in the finished pieces, yet I explore an intuitive process to painting and allow for an element of serendipity.

 

texts

2016

Immersion
Exhibition Essay by Penny Gebhardt, Curator

2015

Outside Inside
Exhibition Essay by Suzanne Waddell

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

EDUCATION

2001

Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting)
Monash University, Faculty of Art and Design
Department of Fine Art, Melbourne

2003

Diploma of Visual Merchandising
RMIT University, Faculty of Art, Design and
Communication, Melbourne

2007

Certificate IV Graphic Design
Shillington College, Brisbane
 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016

Immersion
Silver Leaf Art Box Gallery, Merricks, VIC

2015

Outside Inside
Collingwood Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2014

Bushscapes
Northcote Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2010

Recent Abstracts ­
Collingwood Gallery, Melbourne, VIC


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

Summer Show
Silver Leaf Art Box Gallery, Merricks, VIC

2016

Peace of Art — School’s A Gift Fundraiser Exhibition
Fenton & Fenton, Prahran, VIC

Len Fox Painting Award
Castlemaine Art Museum, Castlemaine, VIC

Life Abstracted
Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood, VIC

2015

Art 4 All — Fundraiser Exhibition
Fairfield Primary School, Melbourne, VIC

Paint v2
Melbourne Arts Club Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

Art Red Hill
Red Hill, Mornigton Peninsula, VIC

2014

Belle Arti Prize
Chapman & Bailey Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

Group Exhibit
Franque Salon, Armadale, VIC

Norvill Art Award
Murrurundi, NSW

2009

Moreton Bay Region Art Award
Pine Rivers Regional Art Gallery, QLD

Prometheus Visual Arts Award
All Saints Anglican School, QLD

Barossa Fine Art Exhibition
Barossa Regional Gallery, S.A

The Art of Food and Wine Exhibition
Pigment Gallery, Nicholas Building, Melbourne, VIC

Artworkers Award
Metro Arts Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

Postcard Show
Linden – Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda, VIC


AWARDS and PRIZES

2016

Finalist – Len Fox Painting Award, VIC

2014

Finalist – Norvill Art Award, NSW

2009

Finalist – Moreton Bay Region Art Award, QLD
Finalist – Prometheus Visual Arts Award, QLD
 

COLLECTIONS

G13, South Australia
Kane Constructions, QLD
Private collections — Australia, USA, UK, Qatar, Singapore
 

MEDIA / TV / INTERVIEWS

2017

Offspring — season 7, paintings featured in set design

2016

Offspring — season 6, paintings featured in set design
The New Normal, podcast

2015

The Room Illuminated, studio feature and interview
Daily Imprint, artist interview

2013

Crisp Magazine, artist interview


INTERNSHIPS and PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT

2009

Artworkers Alliance, QLD, Volunteer

2006    

QAGOMA, Brisbane, Gallery Services

2004

Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China, Gallery Assistant/Intern