Image courtesy of Stella Greig.
What's your relationship to Kingston?
I have lived in the Kingston municipality in the bayside suburb of Mordialloc for most of my life and also work from a studio also in Mordialloc - Le Studio Artspace.
Describe your creative business
I am a painter and my work is highly experimental, emotive, and intuitive. My paintings are expressive and gestural using oil paint on canvas. I am highly committed to my arts practice and continue to be inspired by time and place. My paintings are strongly influenced by the sea with a more abstract emphasis on the horizon as a compositional motif with dynamic use of colour. The subtle and rich nuances of the landscape strongly permeates in my compositions. My work is about mark marking, connection to my environment and using paint to explore harmonies and contrast.
I am an emerging artist with extensive experience in education in the arts. I have been a full-time practicing artist for four years and work from a studio in Mordialloc. I have shown my work through in a solo show at G3 Artspace in 2019, 'Thalassa', and was to show the group exhibition 'After Provence' this year. However, due to COVID our show was postponed. I have shown locally in Melbourne through various groups shows and exhibitions.
how can we support your creative business?
This platform is a great idea to showcase artists living in Kingston, an artists trail would also be great. Perhaps a open studio like event could be great for residents and local artists.
do you have a favourite artist or artwork?
Too many to list on this platform, but Frida Kahlo and her artwork, 'The Broken Column' is very profound.
what was your first experience of art?
I think my first experience of art was through drawing horses in primary school as a child and seeing their presence at Epsom raceway and on the beach. I then continued with art throughout secondary and at a tertiary level. Memory of time and place of the horses interested me as a child.
How has the current situation changed your approach to running your creative business?
I have used the current situation to experiment with new ideas and concepts and continue my mark making with a sense of play of materials and processes.
What motivates your creative business or arts group?
My greatest desire, and I believe my life's purpose, is to make people smile. The best way I've found that I can bring happiness to people is through art and that motivates me to keep going!
What are you looking forward to after the pandemic?
To go to a gallery, to showcase my work at G3 Artspace in our group show, to spend time with my community at Le Studio Art Space, and to keep on creating.