What is your background?
I started painting in 1997 and was very serious until 2003. I was taught informally by one teacher for two years, and through workshops, and I exhibited and sold my work. I stopped painting seriously for several years and then returned to painting in 2016. Now I love it more than ever. It feels as though I have been an emerging artist twice.
What does your work aim to say?
My work is mostly abstract landscapes, with some still lives and portraits. I aim to create a lyrical representation of the subject by creating an innocence and ‘wonkiness’. My style has become quite distinct. Above all, my goal is to make people feel happy, delighted and energized.
How does your work comment on current social and political influences?
My work is influenced by wild and remote nature where I have lived and spent much of my time. In this way I do focus on environmental issues through promoting wild and natural landscapes.
I predominately paint pristine landscapes and draw attention to their magnificence. I like to highlight the value of nature and places of great beauty. At times I look at social aspects from a humorous level such as painting someone turned upside down or pointing to the world turned upside down.
What are the obstacles that female artists still encounter today in regard to their art, or the fact it's made by woman?
Like many things, men have dominated the art world for a longer time and I believe their work is valued more, and is therefore more influential both retrospectively and in today's art scene. The one exception to this would be Aboriginal Art, where woman have had a strong presence all along.
Now with a greater accessibility to art all over the world via social media, it is starting to change. I also think that women of all ages are painting more. Thanks Ros Wiley. I do know that as a woman self-belief and confidence in our work can be an issue. Women tend to question themselves more, men tend to be bolder and don’t hold back. I think this is something that impacts us in many arenas, not just in art. I remember a great male teacher told me I would be successful because I had no fear. Being fearless has helped me to stay pure with my art.
What advantages are there for being a woman in the art world?
Through equal access via social media the voice of women today is strong - This is our time to shine. I think social media has increased our presence in the art world. I have been hugely supported and mentored by A.K Bellinger - a gallery in Inverell, Australia. There are other women in this small town teaching other women to paint. This is fabulous to see.
How do you feel/want to be/are perceived in the art scene?
I am perceived as an artist who has a unique style. I didn’t feel this until people, artists, and mentors told me so. I want to also be perceived as a serious artist who is all about heart and spirit. I want to continue to be fearless and to create my own path. I feel that I never want to paint by numbers or to follow trends. I am dedicated to continuous improvement.
The most important thing for me is to be inspired by what I do, and by the huge world of creativity of others I am able to access daily through Instagram. Being an artist is a soulful thing and the practice of art is like an inner relentless commandment.
Inverell - Australia