Statement of Professional Practice
Since graduating from the North Adelaide School of Art, I have been involved in Visual Art and Design education for 4 decades and exhibited works over that time. I have always lived and worked in country areas situated on the edge of urban population. This space between city and country is often reflected in my artistic expression.
The nature of teaching requires a broad knowledge of techniques, style, media and artists. This influences my own work as I explore a variety of stored ideas from my teaching years.
My work is inspired by my love of land and sea and the footprints of human activity found where they meet. Although descriptive of the places I visit, my paintings are not documentary but rather concerned with shape, colour and layering of textures to express something of the essence and atmosphere that I experience.
At times I am compelled to incorporate recognizable forms and other times I focus on texture, colour or phenomena that translate well to organic abstraction.
My painting process is one of exploration and constant experimentation; investigating the patterns, colours and relationships found in the landscape or in the painting itself. I use modelling paste, acrylics, water- colour, pastel, charcoal, collaged photographs, found objects and drawing media to create texture and low relief on the canvas surface.
My work is permanently displayed in T’Arts Collective Gallery in Adelaide Arcade/Gays Arcade, Rundle Mall, Adelaide.