Hello and thank you for visiting my website.
Since I was a young child, I have loved drawing and painting and was lucky to have a family who encouraged my creativity. I received my first oil painting set when I was 10 and sold my first painting when I was 16.
Primarily a self-taught artist, I painted traditional oil portraits until 2009. On February 7, 2009, my husband and I survived being in our home as it burned in the Gippsland ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires. We lost everything but were, and still are, grateful to be alive.
This life changing experience gave me a ‘second chance’ at life and my art. Looking for new directions to explore after so many years doing oil portraiture, I sought advice from family. My son Adrian, an avid rail enthusiast, asked if I could draw or paint trains. I decided to explore pencil work and acrylics instead of oils and unexpectedly found that I loved the challenge of machinery and my new mediums.
During 2011-12, I was invited to paint and exhibit at several model railway exhibitions in Victoria and NSW; I was amazed and encouraged by the generous feedback from rail enthusiasts and enquiries from air, military and car enthusiasts. Subsequent commissions, requests for prints and updates on new works from all over Australia, the UK and America have led to this website. I have now found an exciting new direction that challenges me technically and creatively. I still enjoy portraits but find vehicles and machinery a new limitless artistic adventure.
I hope you enjoy having a look around and, please, email or call if you have any queries.
With Adrian at Sydney Model Railway Exhibition 2012
Photo by Maikha Ly