I was born and raised Australia where the treasure to be found in an ocean rock pool was more valuable than the crown jewels. After graduating from college I spent several jam-packed decades working and traveling the world as a woman alone, exploring, sketching and writing about my life-changing experiences. I met my husband on the roof of the world, two years later our daughter was born and four years after that our son arrived. Today I live far from my homeland down-under, in rural Iowa, where my attempts at growing a veggie garden have been disastrous.
For as long as I can remember I've had a love affair with both art and nature. Never knowing quite how to reconcile these two passions, I soon let them wrap themselves around me until they become an integral part of who I am.
What began as a secret sketchbook habit in my teens soon evolved into a all consuming love of creating that has now become my life. As a constant student, I approach everything as a learning opportunity, questioning, exploring, traveling, and listening.
The gift of generosity from other artists has been a huge influence in my life, as has travel. But my greatest teacher has been nature herself! Every day, if I take the time to look, she shows me incomparable beauty in the simple bend of a stem or the gentle play of shadows cast by overlapping petals. Learning to slow down and see the nuances of the natural world has helped me in every aspect of my life.
Seeing nature in vibrant colors and patterns and being consumed by a constant desire to interpret her many moods helped me discover a passion for watercolor. The gentle dance of light and color as the paint plays across the page in a pool of water, refusing to be tamed; the brilliance of colors as they blend and settle in deep pool of delicacy. It is the perfect medium by which to do natures extraordinary beauty justice.
This love of water-based media soon expanded into water-soluble colored pencils, and in my mind the perfect symbiotic relationship between paint and pencil was born. With gentle coaxing, the mediums work together on the page to create a translucency and dimension that lifts the subject out into the world in a blaze of color and detail.
To capture the delicate glow of a flower petal, the vibrant shine of leaf, or the brilliance of fall foliage in glorious and interesting ways has became my life's pursuit. Nature is forgiving and unpredictable, never failing to surprise me with her perfection and randomness, and allowing me luxury of artistic interpretation and freedom, especially when my skills are lacking.
She will keep me busy for all of my life, I’m sure.