Being a child of the 1950’s – I developed an interest in art, going to secondary school during the 1960’s, growing up in a country town of both urban and rural farming environments. A large influence was having an intensive art education during secondary school and later, when attending a tertiary art institute which focused on learning different skills and tehniques that could be appied to any art or craft form. We were encouraged to look and observe objects as well as interepret the subject matter.
To draw using the elements and principals of design such as line, tone, shape, colour and form were intregal necessary skills developed at that time.
These are the critical skills that I base all my drawing and printmaking pratice on therefore reflecting the underlying outcome I want to achieve in my work. These skills, could also now be considered a lost art.
The subject matter of my drawing is an interpretation of what I see – an almond orchard, a still-life of atichoke flowers or an arrangement of pomegranates. I endevour to capture the essence of the object – creating a sense of reality through the self expression of line, tone, texture and colour – trying to capture the nature and feeling of the object. For example, whether it’s soft or hard or through the use of line and colour, capture a specific texture or form.
My inspiration is drawn from natural objects, the natural environment and landscape.
I am also inspired by many Artists, past and present – in particular drawings by Paul Klee, Picasso and Modigliani and the works of Joy Hester, Margaret Preston, Georgia O’Keefe and Mirka Mora who through their undestanding of the creative process and their personal aethetic, developed works of an individual nature.
Diploma of Art – Pottery
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (R.M.I.T)
Diploma of Education
Hawthorn Institute of Technology
Certificate of Occupational Studies (Furnishings)
Wangaratta Institute of TAFE
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE
Statement of attainment – Use of Internet in the classroom
Statement of attainment – Photoshop and Illustrator
Calvin Award R.M.I.T. – Ceramic Design
Taught Secondary Art/Craft Years 7-12 & LOTE Italian Yr 7
Taught Visual Merchandising, Illustration & History of Design, Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE
Taught Sculpture & Printmaking 1st Year Diploma of Art, Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE
Director of a Commercial Contemporary Art Gallery, Veritas Galleria 1989 -1993
Director of Board of Management and Secretary – Arthaus: Wangaratta Artist Association Inc. 1994-1997
Practicing Artist working with Wood, Ceramics, Tiles, 2D Media and other Visual Art Media
Completed the first year Diploma Art and Design at Mildura Technical School
Attended R.M.I.T. where I successfully completed my Associate Diploma of Art – Pottery
1976 One year industrial experience studying ceramic methods, design techniques and glaze technology in (Florence, Rome, Milan) Italy
1977 Received my Diploma of Education at Hawthorn Institute of Technology, Victoria
1978 Posted to Mildura Technical School. With four (4) other staff redesigned Years 7-9 Art Program creating a cross age elective system encouraging a crossover of year levels. The program was submitted for approval to the Head of Department and Principal.
Taught Visual Art Studies to T.O.P. students and became involved in community arts events – “Rainbow Serpent” and “Sculpturescape”
Established working relationship with Director of Mildura Art Gallery Mr Tom McCullough who sought advice regarding coordinating community involvement and gallery directions
Took part in Group Exhibition – Multi-Form Mildura Arts Centre
Posted to Wangaratta Technical College, Greta Road where I taught a wide range of Art subjects across all year levels 7-12
During this time as an Art teacher I was involved in forming Educational Policy, Multi-Cultural Programs and Art activities eg. Multi-Cultural Festival, Student mural etc.
Took an active part in promoting art within the curriculum
Went to France and Italy for 3 months Long Service Leave
Studied Art and Architecture, Modern and Classical – Paris, Rome, Florence and Venice
Attended the Venice International Biennale (International Art Exhibition)
Was appointed Arts Coordinator (P.O.R.) which involved the promotion of the Art Program and Art within the School curricular at Wangaratta Secondary College
Coordinated student involvement in Community Arts Festivals – The Next Wave and Hand Span Puppet Theatre Co – “Snap Shot” events, City of Wangaratta
Successfully nominated to the Community Arts Advisory Committee, City of Wangaratta
Instigated and formed the Wangaratta Film Society. Organised subscriptions, formulated yearly programs of films, film screenings, hiring and security of venue. Responsible for ordering, payment, collection and return of films. Involved in the organisation and management, security and promotion of two (2) major Film Festivals over 2 weekends
1988 Given the specific Arts Portfolio (Community Arts Advisory Committee) to work with and assist the newly appointed Gallery Director to formulate Gallery Policy and future directions of a recently purchased “Exhibitions Gallery”, City of Wangaratta
Established Veritas Galleria a Contemporary Art and Craft Gallery
Conducted a commercial gallery business with over 24 (changing) group and solo exhibitions, showing quality works in painting, drawing, sculpture, glass, ceramics, prints and jewellery
Built a network of artists and contracts within the region and metropolitan Melbourne
Provided service to Wangaratta College of TAFE for work practice
Lectured to students on running a Gallery
Was appointed to the Wangaratta College of TAFE Council Board, based on my involvement in the Arts Industry
President of Wangaratta Primary School Parent Association
Initiated and founding member of Arthaus – an Artist Cooperative incorporated in Victoria to promote artists through the establishment of a Gallery and shop front space in Wangaratta. Elected Director of Board of Management and Secretary to Arthaus.
Nominated to Community Arts Advisory Committee – Shire of Milawa, Wangaratta
Participant in Mosaic Pathway Project – Under the direction of Artists Andrew Townsend and Susie Bleach, Shire of Milawa, Wangaratta
Director of Board of Management and Secretary to Arthaus- Wangaratta Artist Cooperative Ltd. Contributing Artist – Arthaus Gallery and shop space, Wangaratta and Café Martini, Wangaratta
Took part in Group Exhibition Profiles, North East Visual Arts Survey, Exhibitions Gallery, Rural City of Wangaratta
Contributing member of Wangaratta Artist Cooperative Ltd – Arthaus Cooperative Group Shows eg. “The Naked Truth” Exhibitions etc – Café Martini, Wangaratta
Studied (COS) Furniture Making (6 months). Wangaratta Institute of TAFE
Taught Visual Merchandising (8 week course) Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE, Wangaratta Campus.
Arthaus Wangaratta Artist Cooperative Group shows eg. “Gnomes and Gardens” Exhibition – Café Martini, Wangaratta
Contributing art works as a member of Arthaus on an ongoing basis
Director of Board of Management and Secretary to Arthaus: Wangaratta Artist Cooperative Ltd
Taught Secondary Art Years 7-10, Drawing, Painting, Ceramics & Photography at Benalla College (short term contract)
Director of Board of Management to Arthaus: Wangaratta Artist Cooperative Ltd. Contributing art works as a member of Arthaus Group Exhibitions e.g. “The Feast”, Café Martini, Wangaratta
Director of the Board of Management and secretary to Arthaus: Wangaratta Artist Cooperative Ltd. Contributing Art works as a member of Arthaus – now known as Arthaus: Wangaratta Artist Association Incorporated
Taught years 7-10, Painting, Drawing, Photography, Ceramics and Sculpture at Benalla College, terms 3 and 4
Secretary of the Committee of Management and member of Arthaus: Wangaratta Artist Association Incorporated. Contributing Artworks as a member of Arthaus group exhibitions e.g. “Visions of Landscape”, Café Martini, Wangaratta. Jazz Art – “Body and Soul”, Exhibitions Gallery, Rural City of Wangaratta
Taught Secondary Art / Graphics, casual relief teacher – Ovens College, Wangaratta
Taught 1st year Drawing for Illustration and History of Art – Design. Sessional teacher, Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE, Wangaratta Campus
Attended short course in Photo shop and Illustrator – Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE, Wangaratta Campus
Secretary of the Committee of Management and member of Arthaus: Wangaratta Artist Association Incorporated.
Contributing Artworks to group exhibitions eg. ”Reflections of Water “, Verandah Gallery, Wangaratta and ”Jazz Art”, Exhibitions Gallery, Rural City of Wangaratta
Taught Sculpture and Printmaking 1st year Visual Art to disability students from Ovens and King Community Health. Sessional teacher, Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE, Wangaratta Campus
2002 Secretary of the Committee of Management and member of Arthaus: Wangaratta Artist Association Incorporated.
Contributing Artworks to group exhibitions eg. “Recent Works”,
Foyer Gallery, GOTAFE Wangaratta and “Jazz Art”, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery, Rural City of Wangaratta
Taught Drawing, Painting and Printmaking to disability students
from Ovens and King Community Health. Sessional teacher,
Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE, Wangaratta Campus
2003 Secretary of the Committee of Management and member of Arthaus: Wangaratta Artist Association Incorporated. Prepared and exhibited artwork in group exhibitions “Arty facets”, Showcase Wangaratta and “Arthaus Works”, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery. Exhibited in the Current North East Victorian Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Merriwa Park, Wangaratta and “Jazz Art” Award, Showcase Wangaratta
2004 Taught Drawing 1st year and 2nd year Graphic Design students.
(short course) Sessional teacher, Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE, Wangaratta Campus
Lived in Italy for 3 months
Practicing artist, Secretary and member of Arthaus: Wangaratta Artist Association Inc.
Teaching and assistant LOTE Italian (0.4) Wangaratta High School – Yr 7, 8, 9-10, 11-12
2005 Teaching LOTE Italian Yr 7 (0.4) Wangaratta High School
Practicing artist, Member of Arthaus – Wangaratta Artist
Artist Association Inc.
2006 Founding member El Dorado Business Tourism Group Inc.
Manager Yellow Cottage self-contained accommodation,
Exhibited Art work “A feast of Art” Exhibition, Milawa Gourmet
Region, Oxley Hall
Teaching (Sessional) Certificate VI 3D Design, 3D Model Making
and Presenting Information GOTAFE Wangaratta Campus
Private Italian Tutoring
Manager Yellow Cottage Self-contained accommodation,
Member El Dorado Business Tourism Group Inc.
2008 – Full-time owner /manager Yellow Cottage, self –contained
Accommodation, El Dorado
Member of El Dorado Business Tourism Group Inc
Exhibited Art work “Dwell” –Regional Touring Group Show,
Funded by Arts Victoria, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery
2010 Exhibited Petite Miniature Textile Exhibition- Wangaratta Art
2012 Exhibited Petite Miniature Textile exhibition – Wangaratta Art
2013 Exhibited GANEAA Group Show – Wangaratta Tourist Information Centre – “Conserve, recycle & reinvent”
Exhibited Christmas Show – Wangaratta Art Gallery
2014 Jazz & Blues Group Exhibition- Wangaratta Art Gallery
2015 Exhibited “Inking the flyleaf” – Group Exhibition, Bainz Gallery- High Country Library, Wangaratta
2016 Exhibited Dual Exhibition – Milawa Pop Up Gallery, Miawa