I was born in Melbourne but spent my childhood inVictoria's central Goldfield region.
My parents and my paternal grandmother all pursued careers in fine art but when I was young I wanted to be an actress. However the 'how to' of making it big in Hollywood was a long way from the capabilities of my imagination when I was eight, so I put that dream on the back burner and I dedicated my spare time to drawing and painting.
My early artistic influences comprised Mr Squiggle (a puppet with a pencil for a nose), Herge's Tin Tin and a little book of artwork on my parents' bookshelves by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser whose work of vibrant colours and patterns held me captivated for hours. I studied art all through my school years but despite my interest and my parents' encouragement to attend art school I didn't follow that path because I didn't want to be an artist ...
In pursuing my goal of not becoming an artist I explored the world to evaluate my options. My dreams of Hollywood had well dissipated by adulthood and my ambitions had scaled down considerably, instead I was simply trying to navigate through life without drowning in the chaos of attempting to comprehend existence. My gainful employment experiences had left me restless and confused. I questioned everything and everyone, myself included. Life felt very heavy.
I was 30 when my wanderings led me to a remote town in the Pilbara, Western Australia with my boyfriend at the time. It was here that I began to paint everyday. Initially I started painting because I didn't know what else to do, I had time to fill, the days were long and I was often in the house alone, but once I started painting I realised how much I needed art in my life. I also realised that I had a lot to say that I didn't know how to put it into words. Putting it down on canvas made so much sense to me.
It's probably reasonable to say that my pursuit of not becoming an artist ended in 2008 when I moved to Darwin upon receiving a government grant for an artist residency program. I began selling my prints and paintings at the markets and I will be eternally grateful for Darwin's warm embrace.
The past few years have presented some personal road blocks and reality checks. I am no longer selling at markets or living in Darwin but I am still painting every chance I get and I am looking out for new stories to document and share with the world as they unfold.