“When the paint is dry my work is just beginning”.
Painting usually involves applying wet medium to a support where it dries and where it remains. My paintings behave in a less expected way. I have often wondered what the back of a painting would look like if not trapped against a canvas. This has led to the process of creating a variety of abstracts on substrates that allow for their subsequent total removal. I then exploit the flexibility inherent in the dried material through cutting, tearing, layering and weaving. Doing this gives me the choice of which side of the paint to show which results in works that combine the usually visible with the often hidden.
My art practice is focused on process and the materiality of paint. I think of myself as an abstract maker exploring what paint is capable of. I take this material into the realms of sculpture, collage, textiles, and drawing aiming to create works that are inspired only by the paint itself.
I knew I wanted to be an artist when at age 8, I obsessively drew Disney characters and changed the spelling of my first name in readiness for when I became a famous.
I was born in the UK, settling in Australia in 2005 after spending the previous 17 years moving internationally many times. My life has been a patchwork of cultures and this plays out in my desire to fragment my work. I seem incapable of seeing a painting as finished until it has been deconstructed and remade in various ways.
I have been a full-time artist for many years working across different media at different times.
I have recently graduated from my BFA (Sculpture and Painting) with Curtin University, Perth. During my studies I wrote the book ‘Sculptural Secrets for Mosaic’ (Schiffer Publishing Ltd, USA) as well as writing for other art publications. I have been a guest speaker and writer for Radio National in their series on Colour Theory as well as teaching this subject alongside Interior Design, Glass Mosaic and Ceramic Mosaic at the Centre for Adult Education (CAE) in Melbourne. I have been represented and exhibited in New York and Italy as well as Australia. My artworks are held in private collections in Australia, the UK, the USA, Sweden, Italy and Canada.