I grew up in a family of wonderfully creative people, singing, dancing, performing, exploring. People with big ideas - never afraid to give something a go to see how it turned out.
Inspiration for my work comes from my family being involved in local theatre, we loved the world of make believe and as an adult and a painter this has evolved into my work.
The glamour and the imagination of the stage were exciting, but for me all the excitement was backstage, in the transformation made possible by make-up, costumes and embellishments that are reflected in my paintings. My personal life and the direction of my work are very much connected.
I think most people have a mentor, someone to shine a light, a person to look to for guidance, support and inspiration. I am lucky enough to have had 2 wonderful mentors in my life who have helped me, and my work evolve.
The first was many years ago. Roger Everard was a very talented artist but he was deaf and had to overcome many obstacles in his life. He offered his knowledge to me with delight. He helped me find my creative feet and find confidence to express myself through art. We spent many hours heads bowed together as he showed me the fundamentals and formal structure as well how to play in the world of painting and drawing. I was lucky to have known him.
The second was many years later. Jacqueline Coates is a talented and well-known floral artist, we have been working together for several years to develop direction in my work and focus on the business side of art. Jacqueline runs workshops all over the country and has trusted me to be part of her teaching team. I am now also holding workshops in SA as well as interstate. I am grateful for the opportunities this relationship has unveiled.
The glamour and the imagination of the stage were exciting, but for me all the excitement was backstage, in the transformation made possible by make-up, costumes and embellishments that are reflected in my paintings.