My current practice involves making drawings and paintings that explore the relationship between people and the natural world, people and objects and relationships between people.
Living and working in Ipswich Qld for the last 8 years has provided me with a focus for my art practice. My studio residency in the Old Courthouse Historical building has provided a base for developing ideas. Many of the issues and concepts I explore have their origins in my own experience of place. Much of my work uses elements of Ipswich such as flora, fauna and architecture. My fascination with the natural world comes from growing up in Bardon, Qld at the base of Mt Coot-tha/Slaughter Falls National Park and so I spent much of my childhood exploring the Australian bush. A love of natural history illustration led me to undertake a Bachelor of Visual Art majoring in illustration at Queensland College of Art. Following this I studied Painting as a Graduate Diploma at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.
I am also an avid collector of antiques, having been involved in the family antique and secondhand business for the last 20 years and have in addition to collections of natural history, antique textiles and vintage objects. The way objects are interpreted has always fascinated me and this has become part of my visual language and an integral element in the development of concepts for my work.
As part of my Endangered project I started drawing frequently at the Queensland Museum this and my love of antiques and natural history has led me to studying postgraduate coursework in Museum Studies at the University of Queensland this year (2016).