My paintings in mixed media allow for complete freedom to work with beautiful papers, inks, and acrylic without restrictions. Moving to Western Australia in 1984, I was captivated by the rugged beauty of the Western Australian landscape.
Strongly attracted to interesting shapes, particularly negative space for design and composition, I have developed a technique of image creation. In this I create richly textured multi-layered artworks, using papers, inks, acrylic, graphite, charcoal and drawing to build up the images in stages. This produces an unexpected quality to the work - happy accidents - that add a character and depth to my paintings.
I have exhibited widely in WA and work out of my studio in Dianella, Perth.
My artwork is always a response to my surroundings and this glass collection features Australian subjects. Having worked almost exclusively with mixed media on canvas my new glass collection is an exciting re-imagining of my signature layering process. It is a culmination of my experience working with layers of acrylic ink, paint, tissue, charcoal and graphite. I love observing shapes of colour, tone and texture which I then translate into characterful sketches and photographs. These then provide the starting point for further exploration in my studio.
I am constantly excited by what I see whether it is a small, perfectly formed wildflower or expansive skies over gorges in the Pilbara. The translucency of the material allows for the play of light and depth and the glass provides a magical quality.
I draw images of native flowers and tree trunks into powdered glass (frit) and create sheets of colour and texture with vibrant frit of various sizes. Once these glass sheets are fired I cut them into smaller shapes which I then lay side by side to form a new layer. I keep in mind how each piece and layer visually interacts with another as I build up two or three layers. The combined layers are then fused together to create a wonderful criss-crossing of images and colour. I love the controlled ‘happy-accident’ nature of firing overlayed pieces of glass to find a delightful result upon opening the kiln.