Creativity in all it’s beautiful and weird forms has always been a HUGE part of my life. From spending hours in front of an easel painting as a child, making fantasy worlds come to life through story telling and writing, or exhibiting artworks and performing in bands, theatre and hula hoop routines as a pretend grown up – I’m down for all for it. For me, the purpose of creativity is both life-affirming and a means to bring meaning, beauty and inspiration to the world. I have been exhibiting since 2003 in Australia and New York, with private collections held in the UK, USA and Japan.
I also hold a Masters Degree in Psychology and Graduate Certificate in Public Health, which has given me the opportunity to work as a psychologist to help hundreds of children and adults tap into their own creative powers of healing. It is from this formal learning and clinical experience that I began to expand my creativity beyond my own personal satisfaction and private commissions and exhibitions, to give voice to various community issues. I have produced and/or contributed to, exhibitions in support of the Brisbane Youth Service for homeless young people, Eating Disorders Association, and the Abused Child Trust (ACT) for Kids. I have also worked as an illustrator of children’s mental health resources endorsed by the World Health Organisation, Fun Friends, and provided material for the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth. My 2018 exhibition, Little Things Big Things, was conceived out of the desire to bring an awareness of global public health issues to an audience of all ages, as well as stimulate the practice of gratitude for simple things. This has since been developed into a children’s picture book of the same title.
Like the dynamic and varied pursuits that shape my day-to-day existence, my art is marked by a breadth of subject matter and stylistic approach. Not only a canvas artist, I have completed commissions for murals, album artwork, shop signs and furniture. Collectively, my predominant use of vibrant colour and bold design lends my work it’s signature strength and appeal. Although much of my work is emotive, my paintings can be seen to reflect my reverence for the environment, childhood, relationships, and the human form.