The artist with Paint bred mare "The Colour Of Love"
Born in Newcastle NSW, Australia I have been drawing & painting horses since the age of 3. I spent my school age years in Auckland, New Zealand, taking Art as a subject at High School, preferring to draw horses instead of the usual projects. At 13 I entered a pencil drawing of my first pony in a magazine competition & won 2nd prize. I sold my first horse sketch at 15, then went onto sell & exhibit my work from there, using 6B pencils, coloured pencil & oil pastels at that time. In 1983-1984 I completed a course in Showcard, Ticketwriting & Calligraphy at TAFE Newcastle, NSW. Now I paint full-time from home, realising my dream at last.
Enrolling in a short course in 1996 I discovered soft pastels & was hooked. Pastels are wonderful for portraying the beauty of the horse, they capture the softness & reality of these gorgeous animals. In 1997 I began private tuition in oils & also enjoy using this medium. I use acrylics when painting the fluoro ponies, as I love colour! Other subjects I like to paint are landscapes, both in pastel & oils, as well as fantasy depicting unicorns, dragons & faeries - a fascination I have had since I was a child. My work is in the "romantic realist" style - combining a life-like subject with an element of magic.
Inspiration for my paintings comes from a variety of sources, sometimes dreams & other times from the beauty that surrounds me - in the unique flora & fauna of our native Australian bush and my love for all things equine. Having a belief in the world of nature spirits, the Faerie Folk & magic, I find that it fires up my imagination to create paintings.
I have won over 70 awards in regional shows, many times the recipient of People's Choice Award, Champion & Reserve Champion Painting. One of my equine paintings has gone on to be the featured artwork on a Texan wine label, giving me exposure across US. Many of my pieces are private collections across Australia, New Zealand, and overseas.
For many years I competed successfully in the show ring with Paint & Quarter Horses. I live on a farm on the Mid North Coast of NSW, Australia with my partner, 3 dogs & 6 horses - (4 Paints & 2 Palominos). Commissions accepted worldwide.
Below is a watercolour I painted when I was 13, I was crazy about coloured horses long before I owned them.
"SKEWBALD PONY" - 10"x12"
Photo taken in 1970 by my father at a horse riding ranch in Kerikeri NZ - my first ride on a Pinto horse, I was about 8 years old at the time.
Do not go where the path may lead .......
go instead where there is no path
& leave a .......trail.
1999 TRAPPINGS OF THE HORSE - Group Exhibition, Manning Regional Gallery, Taree 2003 A DAY IN THE COUNTRY - Group Exhibition, Killabakh 2008 LOWER NORTH COAST PHOTOGRAPHIC ART PRIZE - Manning Regional Gallery, Taree 2010 UPPER LANSDOWNE THEATRE PLAYERS & ART EXHIBITION - Upper Lansdowne 2010 BLUE SKIES, DRAGONFLIES & ROSES - The Morland Gallery, Wingham
2010 THE FIFTH ELEMENT - Your Home Choices, Forster NSW
2011 SOLO EXHIBITION - Cafe Mediterrano, Taree
2011 VARIATIONS - Group Exhibition, Your Home Choices, Forster
2011 CHRISTMAS GROUP EXHIBITION - Cafe Mediterrano, Taree
2012 A TOUCH OF MAGIC - Solo Exhibition - Hallidays Point NSW
2012 A TOUCH OF MAGIC - Solo Exhibition - Wootton NSW
2012 HAPPY HOLIDAYS - Group Exhibition - Cafe Mediterrano, Taree NSW
2013 BRUSHES WITH LIFE - Group Exhibition - Taree NSW
2013 CHRISTMAS GROUP EXHIBITION - Cafe Mediterrano, Taree NSW
2014 YEAR OF THE HORSE - Solo Exhibition - Cafe Mediterrano, Taree NSW
2014 MANNING VALLEY HORSE HEALTH & MANAGEMENT EXPO EQUINE ART - Group Exhibition - Wingham NSW
2015 MANNING VALLEY PERFORMANCE HORSE ASSN EQUINE ART & PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW - Group Exhibition - Taree NSW