The artist with Paint bred mare "The Colour Of Love"
Born in Newcastle NSW, Australia I have been drawing and 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 Art Class projects. At 13 I entered a pencil drawing of my first pony - a Welsh x Anglo Arab grey filly into the "NZ HORSE & PONY" magazine art competition and won 2nd prize. At High School I began selling my work - using 6B pencils, coloured pencil and oil pastels at that time.
After leaving school I began working with horses, whilst still drawing them, but returned to Australia with my family due to a serious accident involving my youngest brother ,who had been hit by a car coming home from school when he was only 6 years old. This affected our whole family and hospital treatment options were much better in Australia for my permanently disabled brother, and we moved back to Newcastle.
In 1983-1984 I completed a course in Showcard, Ticketwriting & Calligraphy at TAFE Newcastle, NSW.
I found my way to the rural areas of the Mid North Coast, New South Wales, away from city life and in 1995 I began pursuing my art as a career, taking on commissions in between work, showing horses and studying. I competed successfully in the show ring with Palomino, Paint, Pinto, Appaloosa and Quarter Horses in both halter and ridden events and undertook 2 years of the Horse Industry Course at TAFE Taree. Now I paint full-time from my home studio, realising my dream at last. Most of my horses have been retired from the show ring but I still love to ride when I'm not painting.
Enrolling in a short course in 1996 I discovered soft pastels and was hooked. Pastels are wonderful for portraying the beauty of the horse; they capture the softness and reality of these gorgeous animals. In 1997 I began private tuition in oils as I also enjoy this medium. I use acrylics when painting the fluoro painted ponies, because I love colour, particularly coloured horses. Other subjects I like to paint are landscapes, both in pastel and oils.
Inspiration for my paintings comes from a variety of sources, sometimes dreams and other times from the beauty that surrounds me - in the unique flora and fauna of our native Australian bush and my love for all things equine.
I have won over 90 awards in regional shows - many times the recipient of People's Choice Award, Champion and Reserve Champion Painting. One of my equine paintings has gone on to be the featured artwork on a Texan wine label, (2009) giving me exposure across US. Many of my pieces are private collections across Australia, New Zealand, United States, Europe and UK.
My work has been represented by Oasis Moon Gallery, Bellingen NSW; The Manning Regional Gallery, Taree NSW; The Other Side Cafe, Ghinni Ghinni NSW; The Morland Gallery, Wingham NSW; Not A Cafe Gallery, Wingham NSW; QPop Up Gallery, Kew NSW; Lila Lou's, Jackson, Wyoming USA; and currently The Edge Gallery & Framing, Taree NSW.
I live on a farm on the Mid North Coast of NSW, Australia with my partner, 2 dogs and currently 5 horses - (3 Paints & 2 Palominos). Limited 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 - Invited Group Exhibition, Manning Regional Gallery, Taree NSW
2003 A DAY IN THE COUNTRY - Invited Group Exhibition, Killabakh NSW
2008 LOWER NORTH COAST PHOTOGRAPHIC ART PRIZE - Finalist at Manning Regional Gallery, Taree NSW
2010 UPPER LANSDOWNE THEATRE PLAYERS & ART EXHIBITION - Invited Group Exhibition, Upper Lansdowne NSW
2010 BLUE SKIES, DRAGONFLIES & ROSES - The Morland Gallery, Wingham NSW
2010 THE FIFTH ELEMENT - Your Home Choices, Forster NSW
2010 SOLO EXHIBITION - Cafe Mediterrano, Taree NSW
2011 VARIATIONS - Group Exhibition, Your Home Choices, Forster NSW
2011 CHRISTMAS GROUP EXHIBITION - Cafe Mediterrano, Taree NSW
2012 A TOUCH OF MAGIC - Solo Exhibition - Hallidays Point Library, NSW
2012 A TOUCH OF MAGIC - Solo Exhibition - Brush Turkey Cafe, 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 Showground NSW
2015 MANNING VALLEY PERFORMANCE HORSE ASSN EQUINE ART & PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW - Group Exhibition - Taree Showground NSW
2019 SPIRIT HORSES - Solo Exhibition - Hallidays Point Library, NSW
2019 LANSDOWNE HALL ART EXHIBITION - Group Exhibition - Lansdowne NSW