I am a wildlife artist living in the beautiful Hunter Valley, two hours drive north of Sydney, NSW. I work mainly in the mediums of soft pastels, graphite and coloured pencils.
My passion for art began as a a child. Like many others, I remember meticulously copying the illustrations from storybooks and comics, obsessing over every detail. Disney and Archie were favourites!
In 2012, many years later and after a busy career a million miles away from art, I stumbled on a TV show called “Put Some Colour in Your Life”. I was inspired, and decided to revisit my childhood passion to see what I could achieve. Encouraged by family and friends, I developed my skills further. I joined several online art sites and created a social media profile.
A little over a year later, I felt confident enough to enter my first gallery competition, the 2013 Lane Cove Art Awards. I was thrilled when my work “Contemplating” was awarded the People’s Choice Award.
In the years since, I have had some wonderful highlights, including reaching the final round of the 2015 David Shephard Wildlife Artist of the Year Award. I have also accomplished a childhood dream and seen my work exhibited at the Royal Sydney Easter Show for the past five years.
My art is now in homes across the world including the USA, UK, Africa, New Zealand and Europe. I am also proud to have been able to donate pieces to help support several animal conservation charities, including the Good Samaritan Donkey Sanctuary, The Centre for Great Apes, Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Save the Chimps Sanctuary.
My work is known for being emotive. I like to create pieces that move the viewer, stir some emotional response and hopefully create empathy and awareness.
Looking to the future, I hope to be able to continue developing my skills by experimenting and practicing my craft. I love art and I am making the most of each day I get to draw!