An Odd Bird
I don’t remember a time when I didn’t draw but the gift of a set of 72 Derwent colour pencils for my eleventh birthday turned it into a passion. I was delighted by their buttery, blend-y-ness! And I still am.
My artwork often starts with a doodle, a drawing of creatures, organic lines, or just laying down of colours in combinations that appeal to me. I also love the tones, shades of greys and detail created using graphite or lead pencil. These doodles often evolve into inhabited imaginary landscapes. A relationship between humans and animals is a recurring theme and I love to portray nature and the environment. As I work on each piece I’m fascinated to see how the drawings transform and take on an atmosphere of their own.
Art took a back seat as I worked and raised my children, but it has again come to the foreground.
Where I had been comfortable with dry medium, with tight and detailed work, I’m taking a new direction incorporating a wet medium, like paint, which presents its own challenges. My intention is to explore ways to use my love of detail with dry and work it into paint. Along this path I’ve loved attending summer schools at the University of Southern Queensland, a hothouse of people enjoying different sorts of art.
Art is my sanctuary, I love getting into the studio and immersing myself in my current project whether it is a work for myself or for someone else. I'm still really just that little girl delighted by a set of coloured pencils.