‘artistically and conceptually strong - my work is bold, alive and rich with colour’.
Living a rich and full life on two continents has allowed the opportunity to be inspired on multiple levels - drawing from a rich mine of experience. With a passion for visual arts, for over 35 years I have worked as a full time art professional.
Using my original strengths as a Graphic Designer and illustrator, I have drawn on the combination of strong technical background and sound conceptual development and combined it with the management skills that I have been developing over the last fifteen years, giving me flexibility and professionalism that lends itself to a wide range of tasks and projects.
Through grief, birth, motherhood and defining moments, I have continued to explore and test new grounds with a combination of artist roles. I have designed, illustrated, lectured at tertiary level, worked with textiles, exhibited both in Australia and Africa, run my own gallery space (here and in Zimbabwe) and developed and run design based businesses. More recently I have worked on a range of public art projects - that are a sound platform to best utilise all of my collective skills. I have commissioned work in many private collections - distributed worldwide.
2018 - 2020 Tompkins Reserve - City of Melville - Mural/glass/steel work (install 2020)
2018 - 2020 Paradiso Apartments - Henley St Como - Developer/Pyramid External lace finish to building (install 2020)
2018 Percy Cullen Pavilion - City of Swan - external mural
2018 Noranda Shopping Centre - Hawaiian - external mural
2017 - 2018 Karratha Health Campus - Percent for art - internal largescale artwork application
2017 - 2018 Emmanuel Catholic College - Percent for art - integrated balustrading
2017 - 2018 City of Perth - Mclean Laneway - Public art project - Integrated Screening and mural application
2017 - 2018 Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre - Percent for art
2016 Perth Cow Parade - Public art ( Purchased by Perth Airport Public art Collection.)
2016 - 2017 Phoenix Shopping Centre Development - Percent for art
2016 - 2017 Ernst Johnson Reserve - South Perth- Percent for art - integrated works
2015 City of Canning - Telstra Building - External mural work
2015 - 2016 The Ivy / Devwest - Wall mounted - Percent for Art Project
2015 - 2016 Catalina Estate / Saterlys - 2 freestanding three dimensional stand-alone artworks - Percent for Art
2015 Gateway WA - Percent for Art Project - including community consultation
2016 Richardson Street /Devwest - Screening aspects - integrated Percent for Art - on hold
2015 Origin Apartments / Devwest - Selected for secondary Integrated Artwork
2014 PTA - Perth Esplanade - second mural project
2014 Wickham Primary School / Freestanding artwork - Rio Tinto Percent for Art
2014 Rio Tinto - Selected to produce the design for an Aluminum clad wall 6m x 2.4m
2013 Wickham Primary School / Pavement art project - Rio Tinto Percent for Art
2013 City of Perth - Prince Lane Mural project (Working with 5 other artists)
2013 Finalist in the Dulux Colour Awards - for the Esplanade Bus port.
2013 Origin Apartments /DevWest - Selected to produce the percent for art project
2012 Attended the Artsource - Public Art Master class
2013 Karratha Leisure Complex - Mural aspects of complex
2012 City of Mandurah - Series of 24 Banners for the main Pinjarra / Mandurah Road
2012 City of Fremantle - Wall art and refurbishment of Kings Square Public Toilets
2012 City of Fremantle - Installation of metal screen and gates (perforated and powder coated steel.)
2011 Perth Transport Authority - Mural project Esplanade Bus port
2006 City of Swan - Guildford entry statement - designed according to tight historic restrictions.
2016 Sanskriti Foundation - New Delhi - India
2016 City of Gosnell’s ‘illuminate’ festival - ephemeral piece
2015 Belmont Pop up Fiesta – Community project – ephemeral piece
2013 Wickham Amenities Building - Community Mural project - Rio Tinto
2013 Boyup Brook District High School - Mural Project
2005 Designed and produced mural projects for Boyup Brook Primary and secondary schools
2003 Kalamunda shire - bus stop art projects
1996 - 2001 Ran a community based textile project in Zimbabwe
1990 - 2003 Shire of Kalamunda - involved in a variety of projects including street art, festivals and public art.
2016 Mandurah Art Awards and Vasse Art Awards
2015 Melville sculpture Walk (March/April)
2013 Melville sculpture Walk (March/April)
2012 Beverly Art Exhibition - invited guest Judge
2012 Cossack Awards
2011 Meticulous Miniatures - Mundaring Arts Centre
2010 Invited artist - Mine own executioner - Mundaring Arts Centre
2010 This Stratered Earth - Mezzanine@Darlington - joint exhibition with Willem Heyneker
2009 Finalist - The Waterhouse Natural History Prize - South Australia Museum
2008 Finalist - The Black Swan Portrait Prize - Perth City Hall
2008 The painterly adventures of the women from raw - Raw by nature
2008 City of Swan - Life Drawing exhibition
2008 City of Swan - Annual Exhibition
2008 Bassendean - Annual Exhibition
2008 City of Vincent - Annual Exhibition
2007 First Australian solo exhibition - ‘Spirit of Women’ opened by Janet Holmes ‘a Court.
2007 Heartlines exhibition - Mundaring Arts Centre
2007 Darlington Art Exhibition - Darlington Festival
2007 Kalgoolie Boulder - Annual Exhibition
2003 Barking mad - Raw by nature
2003 In the raw - Raw by nature
2000 By invitation - The National Gallery of Zimbabwe
1998 La Rochelle - Courtould Home - Mutare Zimbabwe
1995 Peninsular Art society joint exhibition - Melbourne
1994 Miniature society joint exhibition - Melbourne
My artwork has been both commissioned and purchased by collectors in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Mozambique, Holland, Japan, UK and Australia.
2010 - Present WILD BY NATURE
2002 - 2010 RAW BY NATURE - an award winning business / gallery based in Guildford.
2006 - 2008 RAW BY NATURE - Opened a second gallery space in Dalkeith.
2004 AFRICAN ROSE TEA HOUSE- Gallery / gift / café - Perth Hills.
1996 - 2001 NYASA SEEDCRAKER DESIGNS - Gallery - Zimbabwe
2012 Tutoring at Kalamunda Senior High School - GATE art program.
2003 - 2005 Ran a series of textile workshops through RAW BY NATURE (Guildford) and for Catalyst
1996 - 2001 Ran numerous drawing and painting workshops through the Manicaland Art Society - Zimbabwe.
1996 - 2001 Tutored within the National Gallery - Mutare Zimbabwe
1989 - 1991 Ran my own art classes for children from a home based studio
1987 - 1991 Lectured for three years at the Central Metropolitan College of Art and Design, in both the Fine art foundation year and within the Graphic Design Department. Teaching both first and second year students. Design, Illustration, Conceptual illustration and Drawing.
DESIGN INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
1984 - Present Corporate development, marketing, advertising and print works. Australia - Melbourne and Perth. South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe.
TEXTILE INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
2010 - Present Produced a series of surface designs suitable for production on textiles for WILD BY NATURE
1996 - 2001 Ran my own textile studios / business in Zimbabwe The focus being on developing textiles in traditional techniques and making them marketable to a wider audience.
1987 - 1989 Pure design suitable for children clothing within the textile industry - mainly for screen printing
2010 - Present Illustration and artwork required for new range of stationary designs for WILD BY NATURE.
1991 - 1996 Illustrated nearly forty children’s book for Melbourne based publishers and Fremantle Arts Centre Press.
1991 - 1996 Prolific freelance illustration (through an agent in Melbourne) within the design industry.
1991 - 1996 Freelanced independently for John Sands and Hallmark, designing, illustrating and producing over fifty wrap designs and over 40 greeting card designs.
QUALIFICATIONS / TUTELAGE
1982 - 1984 Certificate and diploma in Graphic Design - Central Metropolitan College of Art and Design - Perth
1986 - 1989 I received privileged tutelage in traditional portraiture and painting techniques - apprenticed to Rae Harris HRMS