After 45 years of journalism I seized the opportunity to undertake a Visual Arts Diploma and a graduate year in 2010. It was the best thing I ever did. Over the past 15 years I had studied portrait, largely using pastel. Broadening that experience into painting in oils, acrylics, printmaking and sculpture has been truly exciting for a polio survivor in her 70s. While I have written more than a dozen books on gardening, local history and published a novel last year, my passion was art. As a younger journalist the passion was maintained through interviewing and writing about leading Australian artists, dancers, sculptors, gallery directors – even an art forger during a stint in London. Now my focus is photography, painting and printmaking – mostly relief as I am not comfortable using chemicals. I still enjoy sculpting and mixed media however. I have friends using RedBubble to connect with other artists/photographers, am also enjoying that fraternity in cyberspace.

  • Joined: November 2010
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