Artist’s Statement :

I paint almost exclusively in pastels. Why?  … I can’t help myself – I absolutely love them!   I have tried other mediums but I feel compelled to use pastels.

 I paint landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, etc. as well as portraits and nudes.

Colour and tone (and therefore light, and the colour of light) is very important to me, in both portraiture and landscape painting.

A few of the many artists from the past whose works thrill and inspire me are Rembrandt, John Singer Sargent and JMW Turner.  There are also many contemporary artists whose paintings excite me:  Max Wilks’ pastels, Ken Knight's Plein-air landscapes, Warwick Fuller's Plein-air landscapes, and a large number of American artists such as Gil Delliger, Sally Strand & Camille Przewodek . Apologies to all those not mentioned!

I hope to be able to paint for as long as I live – to be deprived of the ability to paint would be very distressing.

C

I was born in Goulburn, NSW.

 

Training:

Private art classes mid 1996 - October 2000.

Tutors & Workshops

Enrolled in workshops (mostly pastel) with Robert Wilson, Colina Grant, Amanda McLean, Max Wilks, Maggie Price, Helen Goldsmith, Kasey Sealy, Grace Paleg, John Wilson, Judith Carducci, Liz Haywood Sullivan.    

 

Awards:

2019:    Springwood Art Show - Highly Commended Award (Runner Up to Rose Lindsay Award)

2019:    54th Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society Annual Awards - 3rd Prize, Pastels (Ann Gomes Award)

2018:    53rd Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society Annual Awards – 1st Prize, Pastels (Ann Gomes Award & Trophy)

2017:    52nd Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society Annual Awards – 1st Prize, Pastels (Ann Gomes Award & Trophy)

2016:    Awarded elevation from Exhibiting to Associate Membership, Royal Art Society of  NSW

2016:    53rd Lane Cove Art Society Open Art Awards Exhibition – Commended

2016:    51st Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society Annual Awards – 2nd Prize, Pastels (Ann Gomes Award)

2014:    49th Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society Annual Awards – 2nd  Prize, Pastels (Ann Gomes Award)

2013:    48th Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society Annual Awards - 1st Prize, Pastels (Ann Gomes Award)

2013:    CASS ‘Art of Sydney’ Awards – Very Highly Commended

2013:    CASS ‘Art of Sydney’ Awards – Commended

2012:    47th Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society Annual Awards – 1st Prize, Pastels (Ann Gomes Award)

2012:    Hunter’s Hill Council 58th Annual Exhibition – Commended

2011:    46th Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society Annual Awards – 1st Prize, Pastels (Ann Gomes Award)

2011:    48th Lane Cove Art awards - Commended

2010:     47th Lane Cove Art Awards – Commended

2008:     CRAS 48th Annual Art Exhibition – 1st Prize, Traditional

2008:     45th Lane Cove Art Awards – Highly Commended

2007:     CRAS 47th Annual Art Exhibition – 3rd place, Sect 1

2006:     CRAS Spring-Summer Exhibition – Commended

2006:     43rd Lane Cove Art Awards – Very Highly Commended

2006:     43rd Lane Cove Art Awards – Commended

2005:     Denistone East Public School Annual Exhibition – Commended

2004:     Yaralla Art Awards, Concord West Public School - 1st Prize, Mixed Media

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2019:    Springwood Art Show

2019:    54th Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society Annual Awards Exhibition

2019:    Epping Arts Fair

2019:    Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society - Autumn Exhibition

2019:    Lindfield Art Show

2019:    CASS 'Art of Sydney' Awards

2018:    Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society – Spring Exhibition

2018:    Glebe Art Show

2018:    Continuum Art Society Showcase Exhibition

2018:    53rd  Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society Annual Awards Exhibition

2018:    Springwood Art Show

2018:    Rotary Club of Breakfast Point Exhibition

2018:    Epping Arts Fair

2018:    Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society – Autumn Exhibition

2018:    Sydney Royal Easter Show

2017:    Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society – Spring Exhibition

2017:    Rotary Club of Breakfast Point Exhibition

2017:    Kings School Art Show

2017:    54th Lane Cove Art Society Open Awards Art Exhibition

2017:    52nd Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society Annual Awards Exhibition

2017:    Epping Boys High School Art Show

2017:    Royal art Society of NSW – Annual Autumn Exhibition

2017:    Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society – Autumn Exhibition

2016:    Royal Art Society of NSW Christmas Exhibition

2016:    Ku-ring-Gai Art Society – Spring Exhibition

2016:    Royal Art Society of NSW Spring Exhibition

2016:    53rd Lane Cove Art Society Open Art Awards Exhibition

2016:    51st Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society Annual Awards Exhibition

2016:    Hunter’s Hill Council 62nd Annual Exhibition

2016:    Royal Art Society of NSW Autumn Exhibition

2016:    Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society – Autumn Exhibition

2016:    Royal Art Society of NSW “Chase the Line” Exhibition

2016:    Continuum Art Society – Showcase Exhibition Hazelhurst Gallery

2015:    Royal Art Society of NSW “Deck the Walls” Christmas Exhibition

2015:    Drummoyne Art Society – 51st Open Annual Art Awards

2015:    Hunter's Hill Council 61st Annual exhibition

2015:    Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society - Autumn Exhibition

2014:    Royal Art Society of NSW “9 x 5” Exhibition

2014:    Portrait Artists Australia – “Australians at Work” Exhib. at Victorian Art Soc. Galleries Melbourne

2014:    Royal art Society of NSW Spring Exhibition

2014:    49th Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society Annual Awards Exhibition

2014:    Hunter's Hill Council 60th Annual Exhibition

2014:    Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society - Autumn Exhibition

2014:    Sydney Royal Easter Show

2014:    CASS 'Art of Sydney' Awards

2013:    48th Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society Annual Awards Exhibition

2013:    Portrait Artists Australia – “Multi-Cultural Australia” Exhibition at NSW Parliament House

2013:    Royal Art Society of NSW – “Capturing the Landscape”   

2013:    Royal Art Society of NSW – “Sydney Harbour & Marine” Exhibition

2013:    Royal Art Society of NSW – Annual Autumn Exhibition

2013:    Hunter’s Hill Council 59th  Annual Exhibition

2013:    Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society – St Ives Shopping Village Exhibition

2013:    Royal Art Society of NSW – “Just Drawing” Exhibition

2013:    CASS ‘Art of  Sydney’ Awards

2012:    47th Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society Annual Awards Exhibition

2012:    Royal Art Society of NSW Spring Exhibition

2012:    Hunter’s Hill Council 58th Annual Exhibition

2012:    Royal art Society of NSW – “Colour & Beyond” Exhibition

2012:    Portrait Artists Australia – “The Book Launch” Exhibition

2012:    Royal Art Society of NSW – Annual Autumn Exhibition

2012:    Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society – St Ives Shopping Village Exhibition

2012:    Royal Art Society of NSW – “Life Lines” Drawing Exhibition

2011:    Royal Art Society of NSW – Annual Christmas Exhibition

2011:    Waterbrook Art Exhibition, Greenwich

2011:    46th Ku-Ring-Gai Art Society Annual Awards Exhibition

2011:    Royal Art Society of NSW – Travels Near & Far

2011:    Hunter’s Hill Council 57th Annual Exhibition

2011:    Royal Art Society of NSW – Annual Autumn Exhibition

2011:    Royal Art Society of NSW – Cockatoo Island & Sydney Environs

2010:    Royal Art Society of NSW Christmas Exhibition

2010:    Waterbrook Art Exhibition, Greenwich

2010:    ‘Energy & Movement’,  St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill 32nd Art Show

2010:    Northbridge Art Prize, Gallery 307

2010:    Royal Art Society of NSW Spring Exhibition

2010:     ‘Colour Harmonies – Moments in Time’, Brush Farm House Gallery, Eastwood  (4 artists)

2010:     ‘Portrait Perfection’, Epping Portrait Group, Hornsby Art Gallery

2010:     Combined Art Societies of Sydney, ‘Art of Sydney’ Awards

2009:     Hunter’s Hill Council 55th Annual Exhibition

2009:     Royal Art Society of NSW Autumn Exhibition

2009:     Combined Art Societies of Sydney, ‘Art of Sydney’ Awards

2008:     Waverley Art Prize

2007:     Hunter’s Hill Council 53rd Annual Exhibition

2005:     St Joseph’s College, Hunter’s Hill

2005:     Hunter’s hill Council 51st Annual Exhibition

2004:     St Joseph’s College, Hunter’s Hill

2004:     Hunter’s Hill Council 50th Annual Exhibition

2003:     King’s School

2003:     St Joseph’s College, Hunter’s Hill

2003:     St Ignatius College, Riverview

2002:     King’s School

2002:     St Joseph’s College, Hunter’s Hill

2002:     St Ignatius College, Riverview

2001:     St Joseph’s College, Hunter’s Hill

 

Exhibitions – International:

2011:     Invited to exhibit in Florence Biennale,  3-11 December

2009:     Invited to exhibit in  Florence Biennale, 5-13 December

 

 

Publications:

2015:     ArtEdit Magazine – Issue #5 page 104

2008:     Cover image for “When the Sky Caught Fire, Youngstreet Poets Anthology 8”   

2004:     International Artist publication: “How Did You Paint That?  100 Ways to Paint Seascapes, Rivers & Lakes”

2003:     Australian Artist magazine challenge No. 11: Seascapes, Rivers & Lakes – image published May 2003

2000:      Cover image for “Watermelon Baby”  by Lesley Walter. (Poetry collection published by Five Islands Press)

 

Professional Associations:

1 Jan 2018: I discontinued my Membership of the Royal Art Society of NSW

Exhibiting Membership, Pastel Society of Australia

2016: Elevated to Associate, Royal Art Society of NSW

Exhibiting Membership, Royal Art Society of NSW

Exhibiting Membership, Portrait Artists Australia

Exhibiting Membership, Ku-ring-gai Art Society

Exhibiting Membership, Continuum Art Society

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