Born in England, I migrated to Australia in 1968 at the age of ten. I work full-time as a clerk with the State Government and I live at Lake Macquarie in New South Wales.
I completed an informal art course at Dobell House, Wangi, when my youngest child was 18 months old … because I needed some ‘me’ time. My daughter is now nearly 18 years old.
I have an affinity with the ocean and I love painting the movement of waves; and trying to achieve the translucency of water.
I have an older brother who has been an artist most of his life. As a child, I always compared my artwork with his. As a result, I didn’t consider myself very good at drawing or art – and left it up to him. It wasn’t until later in life that I actually tried my hand at drawing. I have always been creative, but more along the lines of fashion. As a teenager, I used to make my own clothes.
I completed my informal art course in 1994. I didn’t like using a paint brush so my brother encouraged me to try pastels. I have been hooked ever since and I love getting my hands dirty.
Currently, I work full-time and only paint as a hobby. Even though I have been involved in a number of exhibitions, I do not have the time or financial backing to devote myself to full-time painting. Maybe when I retire from the workforce and my two teenagers have flown the nest…
I commenced painting using watercolours. I then started using pastels, initially choosing pastel papers with a slight tooth and periodically spraying my work with fixative. I have tried painting on different coloured papers, as well as under-painting in acrylics.
At the insistence of my brother, I tried my hand at painting in acrylics – but I found I couldn’t replicate the effects obtained using pastels. And I didn’t have the patience to persevere. The paint brush also posed a problem!
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