One of my favourite quotes is from Judy Cassab.
“My artwork is so intrinsically interwoven into the fabric of my being, that I cannot conceive of any sort of existence without it.”
I feel this sums up my life.
My earliest memories are with animals, drawing, and exploring the Australian country. It’s just something I’ve always had in my life. I grew up on a farm with many animals, from dogs, cats, birds (geese, ducks, cockatiel, parrots, chooks), cows, horses and even the occasional orphaned wildlife that we’d hand raise and release. That’s only to name a few. I have so many sketch books full of animal drawings. Animals have always been my main focus.
In college I was pushed towards human portraiture and in Uni I explored a more contemporary body of work. I completed my Bachelor, Diploma, and Masters degree in fine art by the age of 22. Post Uni I traveled to Europe with my now husband and lived in Berlin for three months. One of my best experiences, I would encourage everyone to travel. It’s a truly amazing experience.
I find nature to be the fundamental influence for my art. Mostly through experiences I have in the natural world, interacting and exploring. A favourite pass time, outside art, is hiking through Tasmania’s National Parks. Whether my art has referenced nature directly through representational pieces, or on a more abstract level, there is always a link back to something I experienced firsthand. And that I think is what makes it so special.
“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” – Vincent Van Gogh