I completed my Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours at the Australian National University, School of Art in 2007, receiving for that year the Peter Fay Honours scholarship in Visual Arts. During third year I undertook an exchange semester at the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain, 2006, with the assistance of an ANU exchange travel grant. Since graduating I have had numerous solo and group exhibitions both in Tasmania and interstate. My work has been purchased for public, corporate and private collections within Australia and internationally.
I love painting, drawing and colour. My process is very much about making the paintings themselves. The paintings become the subject. I take a lot of pleasure in making my work. It is a very physical experience; mixing many colours, layering marks over the canvas surface with wide brushes, wiping and scraping colours off and again applying new marks and colours. I enjoy the concentration and exploration; the act of creating something that is not restricted to a representation.
The works are explorations of colour, application (marks), and the condensed sensation of space. Initially, I mix between 20-30 tubs of paint; the colours I make at times relate to ones I have seen and chosen to remix in the studio, others are made up on the spot. I then begin applying areas of colour to the canvas and continue to build up layers of colour and marks; there comes a moment where I become more discerning about the work; and the process to exclude and or include particular colours and with which mark to deliver them is more deliberate. Refining what I feel to be most effective or interesting in that particular work, which continually consists of combining disparate unions of say gestural and flat marks or of beauty against an awkwardness. This makes the work dynamic and rich.
Working in an intuitive and improvisational manner, I am able to investigate within the parameter of colour, application of marks and space. My desire is to make paintings that are beautiful.