As a part of my solo show at The Stockroom Gallery in Clifton Hill (Melbourne, AUS) I painted a huge mural on the exterior of the gallery. I captured the whole process in time lapse! Was a surreal experience scaling my artwork up that big, especially in acrylic paint! Watch the video.
‘Breathe’ is opening at the end of the week! The preview catalogue has been sent out to my email database, if you missed out please contact me and I’ll send you a copy.
Pause. Soak up the moment and linger for a while. Pull the details into focus. Feel the light, the colours, the movement. Ground underfoot to distant dancing beams. Listen to the sweet sounds of the Australian bush. Allow the energy to ripple through you. Breathe.
Martinich&Carran invited me to exhibit with them at the Affordable Art Fair in Melbourne [insert terribly excited face here] alongside Rowena Martinich, Geoffrey Carran and Kathryn Junor. One small hiccup - the event opens the exact same day as my solo show!! Stress much?! Nevertheless, both are happening! The two shows are actually quite close to one another so you could make a day of it and visit both?
Pack your trail maps, gumboots and maybe a dinghy too, it’s the Surf Coast Arts Trail weekend! Never been to an Arts Trail, wondering what it even is? The Arts Trail is a weekend long event held on the 10-11 August where the artists and makers of the Surf Coast throw open their studio doors and invite the general public in (ie. YOU GUYS).
Here’s a few snaps of the opening night of Art Local at Ocean Grind. The turn out was huge and it was so amazing to see our local community support the event.
23 artists contributed work, with 56 works hung.
It takes more than a village to pull this kind of thing off, and an enormous amount of work behind the scenes. I couldn’t be happier with how it all came together, and hoping that this might just be the first of many.
I have teamed up with Torquay coffee roaster, Ocean Grind to create a group art exhibition in their roastery cafe. Opening 12 April and running through until 20 April, the curated selection celebrates a diverse array of established and emerging Surf Coast artists.
I am very excited to have a new original painting in the Corner Store Gallery’s group show “Works on Paper”. Opening this Friday night, 16th November the works are currently on view on their online store.
A funny thing happened today, I was mistaken for a jewellery designer. As you may be aware the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are visiting around Australia and Meghan has been wearing local designers, all noted in the press. My name was accidentally used instead of the very talented Sydney jewellery designer Natalie Marie. So, if you are after beautiful jewellery, please go and visit Natalie’s website.
It has prompted me to share some of my own Australian art with the expecting couple as a little souvenir from their trip to Australia. I’ve sent them one of my favourite recent works, ‘Glyn’s Gumnuts’, gumnuts always remind me of May Gibbs’ gumnut babies, so I thought it would be appropriate (fingers crossed it will make it into the babies room!!!). I hope they enjoy the rest of time in Australia.
Yep, it’s real. 30% off ALL limited edition prints to celebrate the retirement of my older collections. I still can’t believe I’m doing this 🙈 I’ve marked which prints are retiring on my site, in the product description. Basically anything created before 2015. This will be your last chance to grab these particular prints before they head off for golf and mai tais. All the others wanted to join in on the party too so I said why not?! Every order is going to get extra pressies too 💕🕺🏽🍾 *Limited time only. Ends midnight AEST Monday 11th June, 2018. Discount applied at check out. While stocks last. This offer is not valid in conjunction with any other offer.
My first ever SALE! For 24 Hours only, score 20% Off Storewide! I've had such a tremendous year I wanted to say a little thank you for all the kind words, support, orders, commissions, laughs, stories, likes, shares and tags. So please enjoy! If you've been umm-ing and ah-ing about a piece it's the best time to strike! I simply don't do sales, so it may be another year (or more!) before you get an opportunity like this.
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It's been a long time since I've created a comprehensive new body of work, so I am excited to present The Flower Thief. A 6 piece collection of botanical inspired prints, each print is an edition of 50 printed on archival paper.
I was working on a commercial illustration job painting native flora and other flowers and foliage. I really enjoyed myself, so I thought why not explore this some more! At the same time this was happening I discovered a new paper that changed the way I applied watercolour. It's double-sized, meaning it has been treated twice to prepare it for watercolour application and it holds the colour so deliciously. I was obsessed. So the stars aligned and I was ready to explore a new subject with a new blank canvas. This may sound trivial! But you fall into habits so easily and I hadn't tried new things in a while. Note to self: try new things!
So the concept for The Flower Thief was born. I'd pinch flowers out of friends gardens and sometimes buy them from local flower farms and take them to my studio and paint them. Working with the real thing helped me with form (one of my weaker principals) and it is so much more relaxing than working from photos. You don't worry so much whether it looks right or not!
Out of the numerous paintings created I picked 6 final pieces for creating the print collection out of. I'm usually a big fan or naming prints and find it an enjoyable part of the process, but this time around I think I'd used everything up in just creating them. So the names are simple.
If you are around on the Surf Coast and interested in viewing the new pieces, they are hanging up in the awesome Ravens Creek Farm - another delightful coincidence on this little journey of mine!
This coming weekend, the 12th and 13th of August is the annual Surf Coast Arts Trail. It's a weekend where the local artists and craftspeople throw open their studio doors to the public and invite you in.
My studio is located at Ashmore Arts, stop 22 on the map. Ashmore Arts is a highlight of the whole trail as you get to visit such a large and broad range of artists in one place, including Rowena Martinich, Geoffrey Carran, Takeawei Ceramics, Pete Cromer, Mark Trinham, Bombora Custom Furniture, Glenn Romanis, Glen Hunwick, Nathan Patterson, Kathryn Junor, Simply Forged, Form Concrete Artisans, Leighton Edwards and Metal Monkey Knives.
Last year was my first Arts Trail. I had only had my studio at Ashmore Arts for about a month and I didn't know what to expect. I had such an incredible weekend meeting and chatting with people who had traveled from near and far to visit. I was blown away with the response.
I will have prints, originals, cards, gift wrap and a few other bits and pieces for sale. Eftpos will be available on the day.
Fingers crossed for sunny weather!
55B Ashmore Rd Torquay
12-13th August, 10am - 4pm
We were spoilt left right and centre on our road trip to Central Australia. Just a quick trip, 11 days but exactly what the doctor ordered! We covered about 5000km and camped along the way. The first place that took my breath away was The Breakaways, a short drive out of Coober Pedy. That really set the tone for the rest of the trip, spectacular and spiritual.
We proceeded to visit all the major sites and explored everything along the way, met some awesome people, ate some cracking food. I'd recommend a trip here to almost anyone. It was quite cool in the mornings but by 9am it was shorts and a tee.
A rough itinerary: Coober Pedy, The Breakways, Uluru, Alice Springs, Palm Valley, Kings Canyon, West MacDonnell National Park before flying out of Alice Springs.
Uluru put on a real show for us. We weren't sure whether to watch sunset at Kata Tjuta or Uluru and almost got caught between! It was quite overcast and it didn't look promising, but just as the sun hit the horizon, the sky opened up and it was simply magical. A real treat.
Hanging out the window of the car shooting while we dash to Uluru for sunset.
A helicopter flight over Kings Canyon was an incredible experience. Seeing the landscape from above sent my senses into over drive.
That time I went flying over my favourite beach in the whole world.
A part of my 'Flying Girl Series', secretly this one is my favourite. Available exclusively from Signed & Numbered. An edition of 40 on delicious Hahnemuhle etching paper.
A solo road trip is an essential part of life. I toured around California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada at the end of 2016 after working a job in Southern California.