My kindergarten teacher told my parents I would be an artist. "You don't see that everyday; the intensity that you see in her eyes …" she informed them. "It's very special." I began oil painting at twelve, and photography by sixteen. My parents and I moved to country Victoria when I commenced my senior years of high school, leaving me with a lot of time on my hands. My older sisters remained in Melbourne, offering me a room in their home when i began my tertiary studies. I spent years at RMIT, Victoria University and Victorian College of the Arts, learning from the best artists Melbourne can offer and the finest professors. I even lived like an artist on Brunswick street Fitzroy, where I had the ability to immerse myself fully in the arts, but then something called me back to the sleepy hollows of the semi rural lifestyle and I haven't looked back.
I am extremely happy living in Ocean Grove. The people here are family oriented, relaxed and genuine. I love walking at night, never having to give safety a second thought. I have been short listed into some big shows now, painted some very famous people and have my paintings in countries such as France, the United Kingdom, America, China, Bali, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. I worked as a portrait photographer for years to strengthen my skills; whilst gaining valuable experience. I always chose photography as my minor subject, naturally as the two mediums go hand in hand with portraiture. I was lucky enough to be taught both darkroom processes whilst at university, maintaining a high level of quality and industry knowledge ever since. I am happy to call myself a portrait artist using oils and photography.
I have documented countless weddings and conducted loads of portrait sessions for friends children and their families; to the point I've lost count. I am always so proud of my work and what I can capture. I love to capture the love and the bond between parent/grandparent and the child. This is the type of image I believe is hard for mums and dads to capture. It is an aura. I am so honoured that they have asked me to document through my eye and style. I have caused many a tear, but always above smiles. I was recently offered a job teaching after approaching a local art institute on some courses recently. I was informed that I was quite known and popular with their students and have brought my art up in conversation.
He who works with hands is a labour
He who works with hands; and his head is a craftsmen
He who works with hands; and his head and heart is an artist
St. francis of Assisi