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).
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. A career in physical & biological sciences and associated roles has helped shape my art practice: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, FSA, 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 currently tutor a series of "Drawing and Painting for beginners" workshops that I developed, at North Hertfordshire College (NHC), Hitchin (emp. Protocol). These workshops form part of NHC's Adult Education Course programme and are not assessed. We have just over 15 adult students enrolled in our current class. I am teaching them to employ art techniques related to line, shape, form, composition, 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 further information please visit: https://www.nhc.ac.uk/adults/art-and-design/drawing-and-painting/. I have also taught similar programmes for other public bodies, e.g., Derbyshire County Council’s Adult Community Education (ACE) group. As well as teaching for public organisations, I have teach privately through Koala Courses.
I am a member of a-n (The Artist's Information Company) 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commissions, residencies and community projects etc.
I undertake comissions, residencies and community project. Just send me an email, email@example.com, 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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
My rates for 2019 are as follows:
Tuition: Two hour demonstration: £150 tuition fees plus expenses
Day workshop from 10:00 to 16:00 (or less): £225 plus expenses
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 email@example.com (basic prices start from £5 per student; please let me know in advance of the workshop so I can provide you with a quote).