As a TAFE lecturer of visual arts for the past 12 years my teaching subjects have been painting and art theory, however recently I have also been lecturing in textiles and so practice in all three of these areas are now evident in my current work.
My first solo exhibition after graduating from uni in 2001 was about using oil paints to capture the water, light, reflections, movement and transparency of our coastal beaches and rockpools. My most recent seascape paintings still follow this theme; however, my current studies are using watercolour, gouache and resist techniques on paper and I work on site – or en plein air. I will always be producing these kinds of works and often paint many small studies when I am on holidays or enjoying our pristine coastline here in the South West.
Textiles is another area that I was working in earlier in my art career. The re-emergence of my fascination and enjoyment of this medium is evident in my investigations of both the familiar areas of tie dye, upcycling apparel, shibori and indigo dyeing and in my newest textile skill area- silk screen printing.
Screen printing and textiles are also used in my most recent portraiture works. I have returned to portraiture recently after some success with prizes at competitions requiring “Visual Stories” to be told. These new works try to reveal stories behind the stories within our brief Australian history and to engage interest in real people and events that have a mythological or histrionic flavour in familiar settings which ring factually true. This is what I see as my art theory work, which is about using painting and collage techniques to fulfill an unfolding narrative
As an atheist and skeptic, I am drawn to non-fiction as opposed to literary, spiritual, and fabled sources when seeking narratives and characters for study in these portrait works; with photography my key implement to accuracy and authenticity. As a woman, I am also drawn to many of my sex who are often overlooked when it comes to historical and cultural recognition. In these works, Images of authenticity are often juxtaposed with, or layered over typically recognisable feminine sensual reminders such as lace, wallpaper, manchester, found fabrics and clothing. Advertising material, architectural imagery, hand written letters and maps engage the viewer to recognise a sense of time and place for the story within their own experience, education and memories.
My art practice is a constant cycle of influences as I bounce between my “Holy Trinity” visual art areas of seascape painting, textiles and portraits. Contact with my students, my teaching practice, my investigations into Australian history, the beautiful Margaret River environment and my network of artists and art events are all keeping me well and truly on my creative toes!
7 Brockman Road, Cowaramup
Directions: From Bussell Highway turn WEST into Memorial Drive, follow through to the T intersection at the end and turn right into Miamup Rd. Turn left after approx 300m into Brockman Road. The studio is at Number 7, the first driveway on the left.