Through my pastel paintings I hope to show my audience how there can be real beauty in the mundane. I enjoy painting everyday scenes, that we may pass by without consideration, and that we often take for granted. I hope to enable others to see the world as I do, taking time to see beauty in the familiar. Degas is known to have said “art is not what you see but what you make others see”.
The discovery of pastels in 2013 began a new chapter in my artistic life. The immediacy, intensity of colour and luminosity of the pastel medium, I have always found irresistible.
Presently I am occupied by the play between light and shadow and experimenting with underpainting. Still life, long grass, trees laden with autumn leaves and reflections on water are my current obsession.
Since 2013 I have been keeping busy fulfilling duties as a committee member for The Pastel Society of Victoria, Australia (PSVA).
I enter exhibitions held in Melbourne as time allows and I have won several awards. Thank you for taking time to explore my paintings. Enjoy!
Achievements in My Artistic Life
2018 Best Pastel Kinglake Art Show
2018 Best Still Life PSVA Annual Exhibition
2018 Highly Commended PSVA Annual Exhibition
2018 Highly Commended Knox Art Show
2017 Best Pastel Kilmore Art Show
2017 Best Pastel Strathdon Art Show
2017 2nd Prize Warrandyte Rotary Art Show
2017 Best Fauna PSVA Annual Exhibition
2017 Best Pastel and Highly Commended Kinglake Art Show
2017 Best in Show Kinglake Art Show
2017 Ming Mackay Award (voted by PSVA members)
2017 Second PSVA Members Encouragement Award (Advanced)
2016 Best Pastel Painting, Artists on Parade 2016 Highly Commended, Knox Art Show 2016 Highly Commended Warrandyte Rotary Art Show 2016 Runner-up Best in Show PSVA Annual Exhibition 2016 Highly Commended, Hobson Bay Art Show 2016 Best in Show Kinglake Art Show 2016 First PSVA Members Encouragement Award (Advanced) 2016 Ming Mackay Award (voted by PSVA members) 2015 Began tutoring a weekly pastel class in Craigieburn Central 2015 Exhibited at Carome Homestead 2015 Best Abstract Painting, PSVA Annual Exhibition 2015 Highly Commended Rivers and Lakes Category PSVA Annual Exhibition 2015 First PSVA Members Encouragement Award (Intermediate) 2014 Runner-up Rivers and Lakes PSVA Annual Exhibition 2014 First PSVA Members Encouragement Award (Intermediate) 2013 I held my first solo exhibition at the Bakery Cafe, Mernda 2013 Highly Commended Still Life at PSVA Annual Exhibition 2013 Highly Commended Landscape PSVA Annual Exhibition 2013 Second in PSVA Member's Encouragement Award (Intermediate) 2012 Highly Commended Margaret Lourey Award PSVA Annual Exhibition 2012 Second in PSVA Member's Encouragement Award (Emerging)