Biography

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Born in Wimbledon, London, I initially trained as a classical ballet dancer, followed by a degree in Philosophy, specialising in existentialism and aesthetics. I began a Post-Grad degree in Philosophy, but changed course as I discovered scuba diving and for 15 years worked as a scuba diving instructor/instructor examiner and educational consultant for PADI Asia Pacific, travelling the world literally blowing bubbles. Having always had a keen interest in art, I finally took the plunge and undertook a degree in Fine Art at the National Art School in Sydney. I was accepted for an Honours year, which I completed in 2011.

Life as a scuba diving instructor has informed my ‘eye’ resulting in work that reflects the experience of underwater vision. Everything seen is affected by movement, light and weather conditions and in this sense, nothing appears clearly defined. To challenge myself and my ideas, my investigations are pursued through painting, drawing, video, photography and installation.

My work seeks to explore the ambiguous, the area between presence and absence in atmospheric works which evoke a kind of netherworld that conflates time, place, vision, and memory. Ideas that pertain to notions of the ‘blur’- dissolving and emerging images and forms investigate the relationship between the sublime and the contemporary sublime. Yet, may retain recognizable elements of an image or form that could be metaphors for states of mind as much as they are specific sites.

CURRICULUM VITAE

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015 Twilight, Ripley Art Centre, London, U.K.
2012 Betwixt & Between I, Queensland Centre of Photography, Brisbane, Australia
2012 Dissolve, Artereal Gallery, Sydney, Australia

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 Three100, Fundraiser Exhibition, Second Floor Studio & Arts, London, UK
2017 Cityspcapes Competition, Finalist Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery,USA
2016 Artists in Residence Exhibition, Institute of Serigraphy Fallani, Venice, Italy
2016 Art Gemini Prize Finalist Exhibition, Asia House Gallery, London UK
2016 Arte Laguna Prize Finalist Exhibition, Nappe Arsenale, Venice, Italy
2016 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Finalist Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London UK
2016 Anagrams – Kingston Museum Gallery, London UK
2016 Landscapes Competition, Finalist Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, USA
2016 Cityspcapes Competition, Finalist Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery,USA
2015 ArtGemini Prize Finalist Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London, UK
2015 Selfies, KAOS at Cass Art, The Art Space, London, UK
2015  Landscapes, Finalist Exhibition,Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery
2015  Art: Soul Food, Arte Senza Confini –Milan Expo, Milan, Italy
2014  ArtGemini Prize Finalist Exhibition, TriSpace Gallery, London, UK
2014  Art in Transit, BBK Galerie, Oldenburg, Germany
2014  Liana Teruzzi Contemporary Art Gallery, 24C, London, UK
2013  Sharm El Sheikh Biennale Finalist Exhibition, Le Royal, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
2013  National Open Art Competition, Shortlisted Works, Online Gallery, UK
2013  LianaTeruzzi Contemporary Art Gallery, Galerij ´T Vaartje, Lissewege, Belgium
2013  Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Finalist Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK
2013  You’re a Fine Girl, Projectspace WUK, Vienna, Austria
2011  Postgraduate Show, National Art School, Sydney, Australia
2011  13, Stairwell Gallery, National Art School, Sydney, Australia
2011  Mosman Art Prize Finalist Exhibition – Mosman Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2011  We Love Art, St. Vincent’s Hospital – Charity Auction, Sydney, Australia
2010  John Olsen Life Drawing Prize Finalist, The Chapel, Sydney, Australia
2010  Selected drawings -Project Space, National Art School, Sydney, Australia
2010  Graduate Show, National Art School, Sydney, Australia
2010 Grid-A-Licisous, Project Space, National Art School, Sydney, Australia
2009 On an Island, Selected drawings, Cockatoo Island, Sydney, Australia

PRIZES AND AWARDS

2017 Cityscapes Competition, Special Merit Award,Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery,USA
2017 Cityscapes Competition, Special Recognition Certificate,Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery,USA
2016 Art Gemini Prize Finalist, London, UK
2016 Arte Laguna Prize -Special Prize, Artist in Residence, Serigraphy Fallani Venezia, Venice, Italy
2016 Arte Laguna Prize Finalist, Venice, Italy
2016 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Finalist, London, UK
2016 Re-inventing the Selfie, KAOS at the Stables Gallery, London, UK
2016 Anagrams – Judges Choice Award, London UK
2016 Landscapes, Special Merit Award,Light Space & Time Art Gallery, USA
2016 Cityscapes Competition, Special Merit Award,Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery,USA
2015 Art Gemini Prize, 2nd Prize in Painting and Sculpture, London, UK
2015  Landscapes Competition, Finalist and Special Merit Award,Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, USA
2014  ArtGemini Prize Finalist, London UK
2013  Sharm El Sheikh Biennale Honours Award, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
2013  Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize Finalist, London, UK
2012  Art Gallery of New South Wales, Shortlisted for Paris Studio Scholarship, Sydney, Australia
2011  Mosman Art Prize Finalist, Sydney, Australia
2010  Hospiz Residency Austria, Sydney, Australia
2010  Reg Richardson Travelling Scholarship, Sydney, Australia
2010  St. Vincent’s Hospital Acquisitive Prize, Sydney, Australia
2010  Parkers Fine Art Award, Sydney, Australia
2010  William Fletcher Foundation Award, Sydney, Australia
2010  Finalist John Olsen Life Drawing Prize Sydney, Australia,
2008 FONAS Art History and Theory Prize, Sydney, Australia

COLLECTIONS

Biennale Sharm El Sheikh 2013, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Reg Richardson Collection, Sydney, Australia
St.Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia
National Art School Drawing Archive, Sydney, Australia

RESIDENCIES

2016 Artist in Residence, Serigraphy Fallani Venezia, Venice, Italy
2010 Hospiz Residency , St. Christoph, Arlberg, Austria

PRESS

2014 The Royal Brought of Kingston Upon Thames News Feed, October 2014, London, UK
2012  Sydney Morning Herald-Spectrum, February 11-12. Sydney, Australia

EDUCATION

BFA Honours in Painting, National Art School, Sydney, Australia
BFA Painting Major, National Art School, Sydney, Australia
BA (Hons) in Independent Studies in Philosophy, Lancaster University, UK – Cartmel College Bursary scholarship and Erasmus European Union scholarship
Central School of Ballet, UK – Surrey County Council scholarship