The most recent exhibitions 2021 -2022 below. Please see archive for further exhibitions
‘A Land of Colour’ . Crown Towers Crystal Club . 2022
“From sitting on the rocks on the coast to the ancient rock formations of the Pilbara, the way the light touches the landscape and the colours that emerge are mesmerising. My intention is that the viewer will have a personal, yet shared emotional response.”
‘Cossack Art Awards’ . Karratha . 2021
This confident artwork is inviting and gentle piece, portraying a difficult subject and it is treated with confidence. It shows a deep understanding of the setting and theme and speaks on many emotional levels. The technical treatment is impressive as is the softness and roughness in the water and rock juxtaposition.
‘White Sand – Red Dust’ . Earlywork Gallery . South Fremantle . 2021
I have had a strong desire to revisit the Pilbara since my first visit to Karijini 10 years ago. For me, the current global pandemic provided the perfect time to get out and explore our huge backyard. I had never previously explored the northern WA coastline beyond Cervantes, so decided to head on a 5 week road trip to gain some inspiration.
Watercolour is an integral part of my painting process. It allows me to immediately place marks and colours I see within the landscape, without the need to set up easels, painting palettes. This is important when trying to capture the light that is constantly and quickly changing, particularly at dawn and dusk.
I placed a lot of pressure on myself to do justice to the incredible landscape I was experiencing, and this could have inhibited me from creating a piece that was truly unique. This was mitigated by the time I had to create the work – being out in the heat in sometimes harsh and dangerous conditions – I did not have the luxury of time to ponder or procrastinate about whether it was accurate, which resulted in the creation of a body of work that is honest and rich in experience.
As I travelled, I got to meet and speak with many locals who love the landscape in which we call home. Many children were inspired and also commented that they also had a watercolour set and wished they had brought theirs too. Even my cheeky 5year old joined me in a couple of sketches which was heart-warming.
This was an incredible journey of ups and downs but it all added to the experience of travelling out into the West Australian wilderness. I named the Exhibition White Sand – Red Dust. The records I made of watercolours and sketches became a visual diary of colour and light.