At secondary school I studied art up to year 12 level, after which I did life drawing at CAE and oil painting classes in Essendon under Paul McDonald Smith.
Then after raising a family, I returned in 2007 to classes at Whitehorse Arts Association. I took classes for 7 years under Alan Close learning a broad range of techniques, mediums and subject matter. This also included one year of portraiture and life drawing classes. Whilst still at Whitehorse Arts Association, in 2009 I also started classes in watercolour with Malcolm Beattie at Peninsula Art Society. In 2010 I then began Malcolm's tonal oil class at his studio in Camberwell, where I was taught the traditional tonal method only using black and white, and after 12 months progressing to colour. I continued in this class for 7 years. I feel lucky to have had such talented and knowledgeable teachers and am still striving to reach their standards!
I am a full member of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists (AGRA), the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors, Whitehorse Arts Association and the Victorian Artists Society
I like to paint everyday subjects, often with figures and I always consider light and tone.
2015 Best painting under $250........ Strathdon Community Art Exhibition
2015 H/C Oil Box Hill Art Group and WAA Art show
2016 H/C Oil " " "
2016 H/C Oil Box Hill Rotary Art Show
2017 2nd Place Award AGRA Autumn Seasonal Exhibition
2017 Commended AGRA Spring Seasonal Exhibition
2017 Ken Emmett Award Box Hill Art Group/WAA Art Show
2018, Commended AGRA Summer Seasonal Exhibition
2018 H/C Mountview Art Show
2018,19 3rd Oil Box Hill/WAA Art Show
2020 Commended AGRA Autumn Seasonal Exhibition
Whitehorse Arts Association Awards
2008 3rd prize
2009 3rd prize
2009 H/C drawing
2010 2nd prize
2010 1st prize
2014 2nd prize
2014 Popular choice
2015 3rd prize
2016 1st prize
2018 3rd prize
2017, 18,19 Agra Gallery Australian Art Excellence Awards
2018, 19 Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors