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Born in Adelaide and having spent several of my younger years in the Alpine region of north-east regional Victoria, my inspirations include those childhood memories, a love of colour and pattern, and the bushland close to my present home in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia. 

I've always drawn, painted and created. Being a  keen observer, the landscape reveals wonderful, unexpected micro-worlds of leaves, fungi, mosses, fallen bark, seeds, nuts, flowers and weeds. Always fascinated by each individual shape and pattern of growth - the imperfect symmetry is what I try to capture in my paintings.

I like to interpret the details - environments that I physically explore, enjoy and feel connected to. I don’t intentionally invent imaginary flora and fauna, rather I look for hidden forms and shapes. The real and the decorative are then merged to evoke a sense of place. In choosing to engage with natures' beauty, I contemplate my existence within it.

Bird-life, animals, plants, trees, sky and waterways all play a part - and this combined with my interest in textiles and pattern design has created an interpretational style of painting.  The overall relationship that exists between colour, pattern, shape and repetition is important to me in realising a sense of visual harmony.

Graphic art training gave me an appreciation for pattern design and I am particularly interested in motifs found in traditional visual arts, textiles and architecture from around the world. My own sketchbooks are full of doodles, mark-making and oddities, that eventually find their way into my work. I might render a few simple drawings before I start painting. I call these 'maps', basic guides that allow room for the merging of ideas in my mind before the elements develop on the canvas.

It is in this way that I experience the intrinsic process of painting, finding moments away from the worries of everyday life - where I am totally immersed, expressing a vision and creating something that takes form outside of my imagination. 

 

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