I have been painting and drawing for as long as I can remember. It is a passion that has, and will always remain with me.
Mostly I work in acrylic, but I enjoy experimenting with other mediums and techniques over the top of a painted surface. An example of this involves gluing paper collage, dripping PVA glue or crosshatching in pen to add layers, texture and depth to the work. Sometimes I may add sequins or glitter to a painting to demonstrate an individual’s classy personality in the characters I create. Besides painting on canvas, I love to upcycle old magazines and turn them into artist’s journals which is a work of art on their own. To add thickness and texture to each of the old magazine’s pages, I will papier-mâché each individual page with newspaper or textured paper towel. Once the pages have fully dried, I will paint it and decorate it with glitter or sequins. Sometimes I may rebind the pages with ribbon or baker’s twine.
The human spirit and figure is often depicted in my paintings and in recent times I have become fascinated by history (particularly Australian history). Lately, I have been working on a series of paintings and drawings about Australian bushrangers or individuals from the Ballarat goldfields, such as Ned Kelly, Captain Moonlite, Anastasia Withers or Peter Lalor. It is their stories that defines this country of Australia, which inspires me to develop artworks around their life.
I am an artist who prefers to draw in a naive style which gives me the freedom ‘to go with the flow’ and sketch whatever comes to mind. Mostly I illustrate figures from my imagination and seldomly draw from real life objects or photos. My figurative style is often colourful and unrealistic which adds to the whimsical feel that often appears in my artworks.
I like to use my art as a tool to educate people about characters from Australian history, even if they are not well known, there are many fascinating stories to tell through my art.