I paint because I love story telling!
When I paint I don’t know if I was in front of the easel 30 minutes or 4 hours, I couldn’t tell you. I believe that paintings; open doors to something that makes us wonder, allows our minds to travel, bring about joy. I believe paintings instigate inner-self growth. I believe that paintings have the power to expose our greatness. I believe that paintings bring joy and happiness. I believe art can bring about change, where a painting can change someone’s day, where a day out sketching in the park can inspire someone’s life, “look dad a real artist”. This little boys comment certainly brightened my day. I believe that when I paint, I move away from my own boundaries, allowing the painting to flow to bring about this marvel of ‘excitement’, new opportunities.
My reasons for painting are simple. Through life’s journey, sentimentality never became part of my state of being. Thus I paint in order to preserve and maintain a memory, of places, people and things, through painting I keep the location, the people alive, reminding others of what exists. Once I paint something, I give it life, even if it’s only in my own heart. John Singer Sergeant best sums it up by saying, “every time I paint a portrait I lose a best friend”. ….thus I continue to paint.
|2016||Finalist Pirtek Still Life Award||Bowral|
|2015||Semi-Finalist Moran Portrait Award||Sydney|
|2015||Winner – DNA Burrwang Scholarship||Burrawang|
|2014||Winner Tulip Time Portrait Award||Bowral|
|2013||Winner – Reg Rowe Scholarship||Bowral|
|2012||Finalist – John Copes Portrait Award||Bowral|
|2012||Finalist – Calleen Art Award||Cowra|
|2011-2012||Agora Gallery, New York||U.S.A|
|2011||Group Exhibition – sohiArt||Bowral|
|2011||Finalist – David Turnbull Portrait Prize||Bowral|
|2011||Group Exhibition – Bell Gallery||Berrima|
|2011||Finalist – Casella Art Prize||Griffith|
|2009||Group Exhibition-Kiama Art Soc.||Kiama|
|2008||Group Exhibition – St George Art Soc.||Kogarah|
|2008||Group Exhibition – Maritime Museum||Sydney|
|2007||Group Exhibition-Maritime Museum||Sydney|