A keen student artist at High School, I developed a deeper interest through gallery visits. The Matisse and Fauve exhibitions in the 1990s regenerated my interest in creating art. The colour and the less than formal structure of the works appealed to me. A desire to develop my own work followed – a little prompting from my partner saw me surrounded by canvas, paint and all kinds of implements which I use to paint.
I like working in a free abstract manner with contrast between surface, sub-structure, colour and texture. Additives to the paint often mean that the brush is dispensed with, and painting knives or other hard edge objects are used to scrape the paint mixture. The method lends itself to recycle previously abandoned works.
I graduated in 2016 from the CAE in Melbourne with a Diploma of Fine Art. Since then, I have maintained a studio with two fellow artists and I concentrate on painting and collage work.
I am inspired by 20th century art movements such as the Fauves, German Expressionists, American Abstract Expressionists as well as several Australian artists among my favourites. Nicolas de Stael, Ian Fairweather, Patrick Heron, Wasily Kandinsky, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Emil Nolde, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Chaim Soutine, Antoni Tapies, Aida Tomescu, Tony Tuckson, Vincent van Gogh, and Maurice de Vlamink.
|Diploma of Fine Art||CAE||2015-2016|
|Certificate 4 Visual Arts||CAE||2014|
|Certificate 3 Visual Arts||CAE||2013|