As a child in Mauritius I became interested in drawing and painting landscapes and still life. My parents were very supportive of my desire to paint. They sent me to Junior Technical College so I could do Art, among other subjects.I moved with my family to Australia in 1983. In 1984-’85, I studied Art and Design at Dandenong College of TAFE. I won the Dean Art prize in ’85. After this I did my Bachelor of Art at Chisholm Institute of Technology (Monash University) 1986-’88. It was in ’86 during an Art study tour in Europe that my love of water colour originated, when I saw paintings by William Turner.During my second year of uni. I broke my right arm while trying to ride my dads push bike. Luckily I’m left handed; nevertheless I found it more practical to do smaller works with pen and wash, gouache, and water colour.After this I received my Diploma of secondary Education. I worked as a casual art teacher for three years. At this time while trying to find full time work as an Art Teacher that I found it difficult to paint.Eventually I decided to get into child care so as to secure full time employment. For a short time I rented a room for painting after work, at Wyreena Community Arts centre. I attended a watercolour workshop at the Council of Adult Education. I am a member of the Ferntree Gully Arts Society since 2001.Through Senior Art supplies I found out about Jean Cowan’s watercolour class, which I attended for a few years. I have also had the privilege of gaining inspiration and ideas while attending classes and workshops by some of Melbourne’s best watercolour artists, Alvaro Castagnet, David Taylor, Malcolm Beattie, Joseph Zbukvic, Robert Wade, and Herman Pekel. Not to mention the encouragement of other artists as well.Being an artist is not easy, but there is a passion inside that drives one on. There is no better satisfaction than when a painting seems to come together, and you can sit back or stand back and being happy with the finished product say I painted that. Not without a lot of frustration in the process.Since 2006 I’ve been able to devote more time to teaching watercolour and painting. Although I’ve learnt from other artists, I want my style to be my own and unique. In the future I hope to develop further as an artist and teacher.
  • Joined: February 2010