Artist Statement
Flowers have held symbolic meanings for centuries and not only do individual flowers hold meaning, but the way they are arranged together can also tell a story or convey deeper meaning.
In Victorian times which were particularly repressed, rules around male and female interactions were strict and formal, and complex stories with detailed meanings became known to have their own language through flowers.
The majority of images in this exhibition reflect the genus H. bracteatum (immortelle), the golden everlasting flower. Xeros in Greek meaning dry, Chrysos – golden and Helios - sun. This opportunistic annual which is short lived, comes up for water after rain, germinating a flower which then dies. The cut flower lasts longer than the plant. In Hindu culture, garlands of this flower decorate the deceased before the last sacrifice. The bracts, unlike leaves or flower parts of other plants, are petal like, stiff and papery and arranged in rows which curl over and enclose the florets. They are made up of dead cells.
I draw and paint them from the kitchen, bathroom, through to the bedroom preferring to work at home, illuminated by windows overlooking the back garden. I paint by natural light, usually first thing in the morning or when the light is best and arrange several still life compositions on tables, so that I can observe them, even if I am not actually painting them. When I do start drawing and painting, I value privacy, and a need for peace and tranquillity.
My work is not a tradition of the past, but rather a philosophical commitment to the daily experience of observing nature.
 
born 1964 Sydney
lives and works Hobart
 

Education

2007 Bachelor of Teaching University of Tasmania
1999 Graduate Diploma of Design, Digital Media. University of Western Sydney, Nepean
1986 Bachelor of Arts (Visual Art) Canberra School of Art
 

Professional Appointments And Travel

2017 Takayna, Tarkine in Motion, Bob Brown Foundation
2016 Residency, Varanasi, India
China International Conference, Kunshan
2015- Gallery Attendant MONA
2015 Tutor, The Colour Circle, Hobart
2013 Oodnadatta & Flinders Ranges SA
2012 Artist Peer Representative Arts Tasmania
2010 Teacher, Tasmanian Academy & Polytechnic, Newstead College TAS
2009 Tutor, Adult Education Launceston TAS
2008 Head Teacher, Art Department, Devonport High School TAS
2005 Relocated to Launceston Tasmania
2004 Tutor, Illawarra Institute of TAFE, Moss Vale Campus NSW
2003 Artbank, Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts SYD
2002 Ikuntji Women’s Art Centre Central Australia
2001 South Vietnam and Cambodia
2000 Kelarriny, Warmun Art Centre Kimberley WA
1997 Audio Visual Department, QANTAS Airways Ltd SYD
1995 Campus Art Store, UNSW College of Fine Arts SYD
1993 Assistant Art Department,’ Extremes of Sorrow’ funded by the Australian Film Commission
1992 Lived on a cattle property ‘Kemsdale’ QLD
1989 Southern Europe
1988 Tutor, Adult Education & Community Centre’s, Northern Beaches SYD
1979 Great Britain & Central Europe
 
 

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Dark Flowers Colville Gallery, Hobart
2017 The Wild River Colville Gallery, Hobart
2015 Tangled Up In Blue, Colville Gallery, Hobart
The Big Pink, The Little Gallery, Devonport Regional Gallery
2013 Where Cows Meet Swans, Colville Gallery, Hobart
2012 Works in Progress, King Island Cultural Centre
Figurative Landscapes, Colville Gallery, Hobart
2011 Buzz, S.p.a.c.e. Gallery, Scotch Oakburn, Launceston
2007 Short life University Gallery, Newnham. University of Tasmania, Launceston
2003 Leichhardt Hill on Hargrave Gallery, Sydney
2000 Books Exhibition Space, Campsie Library, Sydney
1995 Paintings and drawings Pendulum Gallery, Sydney
1994 Little birds, Glare Window, Artspace, Sydney
1993 The wash First Draft West, Sydney
Country myth Ten Taylor Street, Sydney
1987 In the shadows Senchilds Gallery, Sydney
 

Selected Group Exhibitions & Selected Art Prizes

2018 Hundred Shades of Pink, Ausstellungsraum, Vienna
Tarkine in Motion, Long Gallery, Hobart
2017 12th Annual Artists Show, Colville Gallery, Hobart
Eskleigh Art Collection, QVMAG, Launceston
Blue bleu blau blu, Ausstellungsraum,Vienna
Stewarts Law RCA Secret, London
2016 Finalist Bay of Fires Art Prize, St Helen’s, Tasmania
Finalist Food and Wine Art Prize, McLaren Vale, SA
Finalist Glencore Percival Portrait Prize, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville
Stewarts Law RCA Secret, Dubai
Finalist Geelong Contemporary Art Prize
11th Annual Artists Show, Colville Gallery, Hobart
2015 10th Annual Artists Show, Colville Gallery, Hobart
Finalist The Lloyd Rees Art Prize, Colville Gallery, Hobart
Glenorchy Open Exhibition, Moonah Art Centre, TAS
Ten Years, King Island Cultural Centre
Stand Back, Moonah Art Centre, TAS
2014 9th Annual Artists Show, Colville Gallery, Hobart
Finalist Flanagan Art Exhibition, St Patrick’s College, Ballarat, VIC
Finalist Contemporary Watercolour Prize, Wollongong Art Gallery, NSW
2013 8th Annual Artists Show, Colville Gallery, Hobart
Finalist ANL Maritime Art Exhibition, Southbank, Melbourne
Finalist The Lloyd Rees Art Prize, Colville Gallery, Hobart
2012 7th Annual Artists Show, Colville Gallery, Hobart
Finalist NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize, Parliament House, Sydney
Out of the Blue, Curated by Peter Fay, Sheffer Gallery, Sydney
2011 6th Annual Artists Show, Colville Gallery, Hobart
9 by 5, Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre, VIC
The Grand Opening, Gallery Parnella, St Helen’s TAS
Finalist Paddington Art Prize, Menzies Art Brands Gallery, Kensington, Sydney
Finalist Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Award, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane
2010 5th Annual Artists Show, Colville Gallery, Hobart
Winner Tasmanian Art Award, Eskleigh, Tasmania
2009 Judges’ Commendation Prize Tasmanian Art Award, Eskleigh, TAS
Finalist Belle Arti-Chapman & Bailey Art Award, Melbourne
She-who discovers, Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre, VIC
2008 Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award, S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney
2007 Make>way, Emerging teacher artists, Poimena Gallery, Launceston Grammar TAS
The Spaces In Between, Arts Alive, Launceston
2006 Finalist Material Girl, International Women’s Day Touring Exhibition, TAS
Finalist The John Glover Prize, Evandale TAS
2005 Finalist Meroogal Women’s Arts Prize, Southern Highlands Regional Gallery NSW
Best in Show, A-Space on Cleveland, Sydney
2004 2004 Doggy two @ A-SPACE on Cleveland, Sydney
Highly Commended Goulburn Art Award, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2003 Finalist Portia Geach Memorial Award, S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Sydney Art on Paper Fair, A-SPACE on Cleveland, Sydney
The Dog Show, A-SPACE on Cleveland, Sydney
Picturing Paradise, Fundraiser Exhibition, Mori Gallery, Sydney
2002 Condemned and Conserved, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney
Finalist Jo Sonja’s Pack Saddle Prize, New England Regional Museum, Armidale, NSW
Finalist The 37th Open Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW
2001 Finalist Salon des Refuse’s (Wynne prize) S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Highly Commended Portia Geach Memorial Award, S.H.Ervin Gallery, Sydney
ANIMALmagic, SAM, Art on the run & Biological Sciences Museum, Macquarie University, Sydney
Leichhardt artists at the Goodwin Gallery, Sydney
1998 Finalist Contemporary Realism, The King’s School Art Prize, Kings School, Sydney
1996 Floressence: The flower in Australian Art 1920-1996, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, UNSW
Finalist Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW
Finalist UWS Macarthur National Printmedia Acquisitive, Casula Powerhouse, NSW
1995 Finalist Salon des refuse’s, (Wynne prize), S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
Finalist New South Wales Travelling Art Prize Exhibition, COFA Gallery, UNSW
1994 Artist’s Don’t Believe in Sanity Clause, Legge Gallery, Sydney
Finalist Conrad Jupiter’s Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, QLD
1993 Tempest - stormy works, Legge Gallery, Sydney
The theme of place - a site, Foyer Gallery, UWS Macarthur, NSW
Finalist Festival of Fisher’s Ghost, Campbelltown City Art Gallery, NSW
1992 Thissness, Legge Gallery, Sydney
Finalist Logan Art Award, Kingston Butter Factory, QLD
1991 When Love Blooms, Legge Gallery, Sydney
1990 Finalist First Olsen Drawing Prize, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW
 
 

Collections

Eskleigh Foundation TAS
Liverpool City Council NSW
Logan City Council QLD
Sell and Parker NSW
Private, Australia, London, USA
 

Articles And Reviews

Allen, C. (2008). In Good Company. The Weekend Australian Review. November 1-2.
Art that dares the imagination. (2000). The Torch. May 24.
Claridge, A. (2010). Painting passion blooms into award success The Mercury April 10.
Editor’s Picks (2013). Art guide (dispatches) Issue #17 January 22.
Jamrozik, W. (1987) No place for gums & bush shacks The Northern Herald October 01.
Jarvis, C. (2015) Exhibition has a South Australian flavour The Advocate July 18
Judges’ report. (2001). The Portia Geach Catalogue. September 06.
Machen, M. (2011) Beauty in the eye of the beeholder The Examiner, January 29.
McKean, B. (1994) Where the Eye Goes, Glare Review. Issue 42 .Aug-Oct.
Mendelssohn, J. (1995) Sydney Art: In Brief. The Australian. July 28.
Photos impress judges. (2004). Goulburn Post. October 4.
Selby, C. (2013). At one with nature, The Mercury Saturday Magazine February 2.
Silvini, C. (2016). Every picture tells a story, Townsville Bulletin June 11
Thompson, M. (2003).Spotlight, The Sydney Morning Herald. February 21.
Unique suburban perspective (2003). Wentworth Courier February 19.
 

Grants / Residencies

2016 China International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Kunshan
Quick Response Grant, Tasmanian Regional Arts
Kriti Artists Residency, Varanasi, India
2012 King Island Artist Residency Program, Arts Tasmania, Minister for the Arts
1998 Nepean Summer Research Award, Bread Research Institute of Australia, Sydney
1995 Gunnery Studio’s Program, New South Wales Ministry for the Arts
1993 Pat Corrigan Artist Grant, National Association of the Visual Arts
 

Commissions

2003 Series of Paintings, Sell and Parker Metal Merchants, Sydney
1999 Digital Mural, UWS School of Design and Liverpool Council, Sydney