I grew up in the North East of England, just north of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne on a large property surrounded by my first love, animals, and horses especially.
We emigrated to Australia in 1981, just before I turned seventeen, to start a new life and adventure!

Life got busy with college, work, then marriage and children. We moved to my husband’s home town of Mackay and bought acreage in Greenmount to give our girls a lovely rural upbringing with lots of animals and yes, horses.

In 2009 I decided to rekindle my passion for art as our girls were now older and getting on with their own lives and it seemed perfect timing.
I studied at Mackay TAFE for a couple of years part time and loved it, being around like minded people and sharing ideas and techniques it was a great time in my life. I reached certificate IV in Visual Arts and I now attend workshops held by accomplished artists throughout each year so I can continue to learn new and exciting ways of being creative.

I love to paint animals; I try to capture their beautiful spirit and energy within the image. I am fascinated by the bond between people and animals and I try to portray this unique connection between the two.
I work in many different mediums – pencil, pastel, acrylic, inks, oils and mixed media.
I find art very rewarding, it is challenging and can be very frustrating at times but the more I do the more inspired I become.
The possibilities are endless with art!

Study

Study 2009-2010 – At Mackay Tafe: gained Certificate IV in Visual Arts.

Workshops attended

2010-2012
Leonie Woods  –  life drawing
Keith Dewell   –  drawing
Rosemary Payne  –  watercolour
Jenni Kelly  –  acrylics
Maxine Thompson  –  animals in pastels

2013
Lynnie Hutchins  –  experimenting with inks
Maxine Thompson  –  portraiture in pastels
Life Drawing   –  once a week at Paxton’s building, Mackay

2014
Di Skelly Heron  –  acrylic, inner muse
Bill Hancock   –  creating dimension
Susan Riley Gee  –  acrylic and ink
Elvena Bycroft   –  exploring pastels
Joyce Bichel  –  beginners oils
John Wilson  –  landscape oils
Kelly Borsheim  –  sight size technique

2015
Rosemary Payne – mixed media

2016
Don Waters – his layering techniques

2017
Sue Riley Gee – 2 day workshop -oils landscapes

2018
Lyn Diefenbach -3 day portraiture oil painting workshop
Penelope gilbert-ng – 2 day pen & ink wash, watercolour plein air study workshop.

2019
Barry & Lucy McCann – 3 day acrylic workshop
Kathy Ellem – 5 day oil painting workshop

Exhibitions

2010 -2014
Sarina Art extravaganza
Art on Show, Mackay
Artist & Art, Mackay Art Society

2015
Art on Show, Mackay
Artist & Art, Mackay Art Society
Paxton Portraiture

2016
Art on Show, Mackay
Artist & Art, Mackay Art Society
Paxton Portraiture
CQU Creates Touring Exhibition
Moura Coal & Country Festival
Toowoomba Grammar School Art Show
Downlands College Art Show
Aspects Art Show,Goondiwindi

2017
Art on Show, Mackay
Artist & Art, Mackay Art Society
Paxton Portraiture
CQU Creates Touring Exhibition
Toowoomba Grammar School Art Show
Downlands College Art Show
Aspects Art Show,Goondiwindi

2018
Art on Show, Mackay
Artist & Art, Mackay Art Society
Paxton Portraiture
CQU Creates Touring Exhibition
Toowoomba Grammar School Art Show
Downlands College Art Show
Aspects Art Show, Goondiwindi
Facets of Fairholme, Toowoomba
Blackall Annual Art Exhibition
Goondiwindi Polo Tournament @ Outback Creative Exhibit
Beef Week 2018 @ Dowden Group Display & Meldon Park Simmental display

Solo Exhibitions

2010  ‘Wildlife’  1st Sept-3rd Oct, Botanic Gardens, Mackay
2014 ‘A Few of My Favourite Things’ 16th July-10th Aug, Botanic Gardens, Mackay

Artwork Sold in collections here in Australia and worldwide.

Donated Artworks for Fundraising & Charity

AACE wildlife association
Mackay Childrens Hospital
Walkerston State School
Flagon & Dragon Fundraising event, Mackay
Mackay Conservation Group
RACQ CQ Rescue
Mural painting at Mackay show – to raise funds and awareness for Headspace Mackay
– To raise funds for Aussie Helpers
Daniel Morcombe Foundation
MDSIA, Mackay
Tubbul Campdraft
Narrabri Galloping Gully polocrosse
Kenilworth State Community College
Animal Aid Abroad
Drought Angels, Chinchilla

Volunteer Work

Painted several murals at Walkerston State School
Painted ‘Ouch room’ in old Base Hospital Children’s Ward, Mackay
Artwork for Down Syndrome Awareness Week, I designed a ‘Colouring in’ competition, for the local paper.
Artwork for ‘All Abilities Mackay Inc.’s website.
Face painting in the Children’s Ward at the Base Hospital, Mackay,

Awards

2011 – ‘Proud’ -Highly Commended – Open section at Artist & Art, Mackay Art Society.
2013 – ‘The Bond’- Commended – open section at Sarina Art Extravaganza.
2014 – ‘Tribute to a Local Legend’ – 1st Prize – Portraiture section at Sarina Art Extravaganza.
2015 – ‘Draft’ – 1st in People’s Choice Award-Art on Show at Mackay Show.
2015 – ‘Sterling’ – 2nd in People’s Choice Award – Art on Show at Mackay show.
2015 – ‘In the Shallows’ – Commended-Acrylic section – Artist & Art at Mackay Art Society.
2016 – ‘Head-On’ – 2nd in People’s Choice Award – Art on Show at Mackay Show.
2016 – ‘Calf in Grass” – 1st Prize, Drawing section, Artist & Art at Mackay Art Society.
2017 – ‘Zen’s Gaze II’ – 1st Prize, People’s Choice Award, Art on Show, Mackay Show
2017 – ’Angel Play’ – Highly Commended, Open section, Artist & Art at Mackay Art Show.
2018 – ‘Boulonnais Beau’- Highly Commended,Oil Section,Artist & Art Show,Mackay
2018 – ‘You are the Yin to my Yang’-Highly Commended,Artist & Art Show, Mackay