"I have always drawn portraits and the human figure, fascinated by drawing faces in particular - as a child it was an integral part of my childhood. It stood as the main source of inspiration through to University where I completed a Degree in Fine Arts - Drawing at RMIT in 1999. Studying under Godwin Bradbeer, his inspirational and infectious passion for drawing the human form only strengthened and intensified my own.
In my mid twenties I was inspired by the etchings and pen drawings of Norman Lindsay after visiting The Gallery and Museum in the Blue Mountains in NSW and I began to move toward using pen and have since been using this medium for over 15 years.
Another very recent great source of inspiration for my work is my current Artist Residency at Dunmoochin in Cottlesbridge. The beautiful magic of the surrounding bush has been a very strong direct influence in my work, using Indian ink and incorporating bolder looser brush strokes. This body of work is reflective of the transition of incorporating imagery of the surrounding landscape.
I now have an equal passion for drawing and painting both the landscape and the human form and have started combining these two elements together.
The area is also very special to me as I spent a good part of my childhood in the surrounding suburb of Nutfield where my father proudly owned a stone fruit and fig orchard. Here is where my father lived and worked and sadly also where he died. This area remains and will always be a part of my very essence."
Residents Gallery, 28 February - 20 May
Artist Floor Talk: Thursday 1 March, 11am