Born in Queensland, Australia, I have travelled extensively around the world. My art practice is currently located in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. Being an artist based in different countries has exposed me to a distinctive array of colour palettes, from the ochre of Central Queensland to the muted greens and greys of Yorkshire. These extremes in environs, have made me particularly sensitive to and aware of how light affects colour and feeds my ongoing fascination of colour theory.
My artistic journey started when I was asked to take to anatomical photos using a microscope, as part of a research project at Kings College London (KCL, UK). Later, I was sponsored by the Creative Industries Development Agency (CIDA) to develop my visual arts practice. Part of this funding included an opportunity to study on the visual arts programme at Artworks (UK): a structured drawing and painting curriculum of work that dealt comprehensively with the creative, analytical and observational act of drawing and painting under the excellent mentorship of Peter Stanyer MA (RCA). From there I landed my first tutoring job with Derbyshire County Council's Adult Community Education programme, teaching 'Drawing and Painting Techniques', in Ashbourne. My 3D education began in earnest when I received instruction in sculpture at City Lit, London, UK. I was also given an opportunity to train (and exhibit) in sand sculpture techniques funded by The Sand House, the Arts Council England Lottery, Invest in Doncaster, Success Doncaster. I view my work with fabrics as another sculptural form. I studied Draping Womenswear and Patternmaking at UAL: Central St Martins (Granary Square, London, UK). - Biography continues below image
I use a multi-disciplinary approach to my visual arts practice, working with a wide range of different mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture and photography. I also create trans-disciplinary pieces transcending between art and science to create a type xenogenesis. Drawing is seeing and a career in physical & biological sciences and associated roles has helped shape my art practice: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, FSA, Kings College London, University of Queensland, CSIRO etc. The focus of my work has evolved over time. Initially I studied the form in minute detail, specifically looking for abnormalities, to being drawn to how forms (inorganic or organic) occupy the impermeant space they inhabit. Although my art is often grouped into collections; they are not always hermetic. I don’t want to limit myself by saying I only paint on subject, I am endlessly fascinated by life, just as I am equally fascinated my drawing materials and what I can achieve with them.
Like many professional artists, I design and deliver workshops. To date, I have held over 60 art workshops, some regularly and others for the day. I have run art workshops for many different organisations - from my local community college, musuems, councils etc. And I also teach privately through Koala Courses. Currently, I tutor two series of 'drawing and painting' workshops at the Hitchin Campus at North Hertfordshire College (NHC via Protocol). These leisure workshops form part of NHC's Adult Education Course programme. I teach beginners to employ art techniques related to line, shape, form, negative space, chiaroscuro, mark making, colour theory and perspective drawing. Half this of series is devoted to drawing techniques and the other half to painting techniques. For details on the beginners workshops, please visit: https://www.nhc.ac.uk/adults/art-and-design/drawing-and-painting/; for the intermediate workshops, please visit: https://www.nhc.ac.uk/adults/art-and-design/drawing-and-painting-intermediate/. Aside from 'drawing and painting' workshops, I have developed printmaking and customised workshops, e.g., drawing and painting with watercolour pencils.
I am a member of a-n (The Artist's Information Company), SAA (Society of Artists - Professional Associate), CIF (Creative Industries Federation) and IAA (International Association of Art).
Whether developing paintings, drawings, sculptures, workshops or illustrations, I am interested in finding ways to work with others and exploring my understanding of life. Please feel free to get in touch with questions or ideas by email, email@example.com.
Commissions, artist's interventions, residencies and community projects etc.
I undertake comissions, artist's interventions, residencies and community projects. Just send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org, and let me know:
- What look are you trying to achieve?
- What medium is right for you?
- What budget do you have in mind?
- Where is the artwork going to hang/reside?
- How much space do you have?
To help you understand the potential costs involved, here is a helpful link to Guidance on fees and day rates for visual artists 2018; materials, equipment, and venue hire (etc) are additional costs. As each project is different, I will tailor a (budget) proposal after briefly discussing your specific requirements with you.
Demonstrations and Workshops
I developed and taught drawing and painting workshop programmes for:
Derbyshire County Council, Adult Community Education (ACE), 6 week long programme
Gladstone Museum, Queensland, Australia for Friends of Art,
I also teach painting and drawing techniques locally in Hertfordshire through Koala Courses
as short short beginners workshops or masterclasses.
If you would like me to visit your club or organisation to provide an art demonstration, a workshop or or as a guest lecturer, please send me an email, email@example.com.
My rates for 2019 are as follows:
Tuition: Demonstration: £33.83 per person per hour excluding preparation time, expenses and materials.
Petrol: 50 pence per mile petrol/vehicle wear (round trip).
Materials for students: If you would like me to supply or lend your students everything that they need for the day, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (basic prices start from £5 per student; please let me know in advance of the workshop so I can provide you with a quote).
Hybrid by the ARTS COUNCIL of ENGLAND, Creativity in Business (2009)
Creativity in Business E-Bulletin (Issue 4 2009)
Creative Hertfordshire: Received 'Top Rated Business' (14th June 2017) for Koala Courses