The arts have been an integral part of my life since conception. With both parents practising artists and living within an arts community in the bushy outskirts of Melbourne it was unavoidable – not that I ever tried to escape. My childhood provided me with endless opportunities to create; whether it be drawing and painting alongside Mum; or the never-ending hours of play in the bush- learning to listen softly, and look carefully, these days of creative bliss provided me strong a connection to my art practice and the inspirational surroundings which continue to underpin the creative frameworks that scaffold my art making today.
Immersion in art in my childhood was successful in putting me on the path of becoming a life-long learner – at the age of 17 I initially undertook a BA Fine Art at RMIT. This introduced me a much wider (and wilder!) world than I had ever known. It was successful in opening me up to the exploration of, and the igniting of a passion for Painting, Ceramics, Textiles, Printmaking, Sculpture, Life Drawing, Digital Art, Photography…the list goes on.
After this time I continued to create, explore and learn about the arts. My practice wasn’t trendy – in the times of minimal boxes I painted figuratively – but I did not care for the whims of “trendy”, instead following what was true to my own needs; exploring my own world, and establishing my own beliefs and art making skills. Introspection is a side effect of art making for me, however I do believe that self understanding via art is a common artisan’s affliction.
In my life now, art making is complimented by a desire to share my passion, skill, history and theory with others; hence I am a week from beginning my new career as a secondary art teacher at a wonderful local college that reveres the arts. In art education I have found a renewed passion for exploring the purpose of the arts within people’s lives, and can attest to the value I have seen the arts provide students who are trying to explore and make sense of their own, very diverse worlds.
Thomas Edison stated that ‘If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves’. My desire within my teaching practice is that I will inspire just that –the accomplishment of personal achievements that students never thought of as possible. The instilling of pride, along with skill, passion and a love for the arts inspires me to be a great teacher and provide equal learning opportunities for all students.