I’m an artist, self-taught photographer, teacher, mother to two sweet daughters and wife to one super talented guy. Originally from Sydney, Australia, I now live in Portland, OR (it’s a long story) but travel has definitely inspired my life and been part of my adventure.
Along the way, through all the moving, shifting and growing, Art has been a common thread in my life. It is my true center. When I create Art – I am full of joy. It literally fills me up and makes me whole. After much exploring, I have come home to Art. The call to now share this passion and teach is overwhelming and I am so grateful to have found my true purpose.
I deeply believe we all have creativity inside us and it needs to be expressed and honored in whatever form it takes. Together, I hope we can expand our definitions of self, be fearless in our creating and have faith that there is no wrong way to make ART.
My artwork stems from a deep desire to capture beauty – much like my photography – my goal is imbue each work with it’s own unique beauty and mood. Inspired by dreams, fairy tales, spiritualism and history, my work most often features a central female figure or figures. Vintage imagery, ephemera and elements add a sense of nostalgia and romance. I seek to tell a story, depict a journey or evoke a state of being within my works. Most times, these subjects are immersed in an otherworldly or ethereal surrounding rarely based on true locations but rather an inner world of subconscious and spirit.
Depending on the message behind the work, I am drawn to either intense hues or subdued pastels. Elements of nature are frequently seen with my figures, reminding us of our connection to the natural world. Butterflies and birds are messenger icons in my work, carrying with them a desire to keep growing, evolving and being open to the world around us. Words and lyrics are sometimes interwoven into the composition to further the meaning and intention of the work.
While I use a variety of materials and processes in each project my methodology is rather consistent. It is a layering process. Each layer builds upon the next resulting in an evolution of texture, color, pattern and shape. Through constant exploration of both media and concept, new inspiration grows and leads to the next body of my work.
My works has been seen in the following publications: