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About Me

MY STORY - About the Artist

I am proud to say I am an Aussie artist based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
I am an artist: it is innately and truly a part of me, just as I am a physiotherapist, a wife, a mum, a daughter, a sister/sister-in-law, a God-mother and an aunt. Although I may not have had formal tertiary art training, creativity is - and always has been - central to my core.

My artistic spirit has been shaped by my life experiences: from my idyllic childhood growing up on a north Queensland farm, the youngest of four girls to Italian immigrant parents, to my career in health as a physiotherapist and raising my own two children.

Whilst my passion for art began as a child, it is only since 2010 that I have focused my energies on artistic endeavours, under the guidance of many Brisbane teachers. My art often reflects the emotion and empathy that echoes my experiences as a first generation Australian of Italian extraction (and all that entails!), a health professional, and a proud Aussie with country roots. My art often celebrates the strong colours our clear Australian light, a defining characteristic of my work.

Having begun my art practice in watercolours in 2010, I now also feel I am equally accomplished in acrylics. My recent work is a fusion of the two media, my statement pieces glowing with an ethereal translucency and depth. My artistic journey has led me to become a respected local artist, one who readily thrives on the challenge to constantly evolve.



ARTIST STATEMENT

A country girl at heart, I revel in creatively that is not restricted by boundaries. I adore the freedom of semi-abstract work, the ability to respond innately to paint on the canvas, which instinctively evolves into a unique and personal creation. This freedom of self-expression allows me to celebrate my loves: our unique Australian light, colour and nature.

Art for me is an experience. I cannot say it any better than American Author Thomas Merton: I love that “…art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”



EDUCATION

1988 | University of Queensland, Bachelor of Physiotherapy
2010 – 2013 | Watercolours with Shirley Charlton
2014 | Watercolours with Maria Field
2014 | Gillian Rankin Botanical Art Classes
2015 | Introduction/Level 1 Oil Painting Marcel Desbiens
2015 | Brisbane Institute of Art Acrylic Techniques and Approaches Nameer Davis
2015 | Watercolours with Jan Lawnikanis
2016 | Watercolour workshop (WSQ) with Barry and Lucy McCann Workshop
2016 | Watercolour workshop (WSQ) with Paul Margocsy
2016 | Acrylics workshop (BPC) with Michael Cawdrey
2017 | Watercolour workshop (BPC) with John Lovett



GROUP EXHIBITIONS & AWARDS

2014 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19     Gallery Finalist, Lethbridge 10/20 000 Small Scale Art Award 
2015 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19      In Show Finalist Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular Gallery
2016 | 17 | 18 | 19 |  20     Petite Pieces |Regeneration Exhibition | Comforts of Home | Foot Square | Monochrome & Polychrome @ Aspire Gallery, Brisbane
2015 | 16         Annual and Autumn Exhibitions - Watercolour Society of Queensland
2017 |           Lions Garden City Art Extravaganza @ Mt Gravatt
2016 | 17 | 18 | 19       Art West Community Gallery exhibitions @ Richard Randall Studio | Brisbane City Hall | Mt Ommaney Centre
2018 | 19         Toowoomba Grammar Art Show
2018 | 19         Downlands Art Exhibition
2019 |           Outside In, St Vincent’s Private Hospital
2019 |           COSSAG Finalist




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