As a professional artist/photographer I use both art and photography to build a physical and spiritual association with landscape. I have found that, through travel and associations with very different landscapes – the built environment of Canberra, the formal gardens of Italy, the ancient archaeological sites of Sardinia, the desert country of the Northern Territory and USA and more recently, Outback Australia, I have an ability to engage with the land by turns as a resident, visitor and privileged interpreter to develop a relationship with it.
My work has become part of various private collections in the ACT, Nationally and Internationally. I graduated from Queensland College of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hon) in Fine Art and completed a Master of Fine Arts by research from Monash University in 2007. Since 1981 I have exhibited in numerous group exhibitions both in Australia and overseas and have had fifteen solo exhibitions. (See Biography) Photography plays an important role in my work – both as a means of informing my art practice as a painter, and as an artwork in its own right. I have recently completed a series of digital composite works which use photographs as a base and incorporate found images or figures from my paintings and drawings.
This work predominately examines aspects of the landscape together with the interrelationships with people both real and in a spiritual sense. I use parts of the landscape as both physical and symbolic realities which has enabled me to capture linkages to mystery and spirituality.
My focus into the depiction of the unique nature of outback Australia began with time spent working in Tennant Creek in the NT where I managed an Aboriginal Art Centre and a shop in the main street. The job involved a lot of travel from Borroloola in the Gulf country to Epenarra, south of Tennant Creek. I used this opportunity to study Aboriginal culture and their complex relationship with the land. During that time I painted a series of camp dogs which highlighted their character and idiosyncrasies. (See Dogs)
My recent research has examined the outback areas in and around Lake Mungo in Western NSW and has allowed me to develop a sense of spirituality of that area in respect to its charged heritage. The project resulted in two solo exhibitions (See Mungo Woman and Hills of Sand) I also self published a room brochure which sums up my thoughts and research for the project and also includes an essay by arts writer Ann McMahon. Reviews from both exhibitions and the brochure can be viewed in the Media section. (See In the Media )