About

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Wood Fired pots
About me  

For the past ten years, I have enjoyed making with colour, paint and clay. My creative journey has been primarily self taught, through regular practice and experimentation. I have also periodically studied colour and design, surface design and visual arts at diploma level. I would describe myself as an emerging artist and happily became a finalist in the North Qld Ceramics Award in 2022 and Siliceous ceramics awards in 2021.

My art is usually colourful and detailed, often inspired by nature in the grounds of my studio at Quixotica Art Space on the Sunshine Coast. This property is owned by my partner, Rowley Drysdale, one of Australia’s leading ceramic artists and educators. I manage the coordination of workshops, exhibitions and all aspects of administration and marketing there. 

Whilst my early art career was focussed on drawing and painting, I am currently immersed in ceramics, and decorating the surfaces with the ancient ceramic art of sgraffito. I enjoy planning the designs and then drawing them on my wheel thrown pieces. This is followed by many hours of detailed work with underglaze, paint brushes and stylus tools. This technique combines all the creative processes I enjoy most - drawing, painting and ceramics.

When I am not making my own art, I also utilise my business and organisational skills helping to organise art events for others in the Noosa artistic community, having been Vice President of the Noosa Arts & Crafts Association and President of Noosa Open Studios. I was recently the co-ordinator for a community pop up gallery in Cooroy. I am also Vice President for Australian Wood Firers United.

Consistent amongst all my creations is a love for colour, details, flowers and nature. Creating brings me much joy, and I hope it brings some of the same to those who engage with my art. 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

North Qld Ceramics Award - Finalist          Townsville                                                                     2022
Siliceous – Ceramics Arts Qld - Finalist     Cooroy, Sunshine Coast                                            2021

Martin Hansen Memorial Art Awards          Gladstone, Qld                                                 2019/20/21

Quixotica Art Space                                        Cooroy, Sunshine Coast                                 2019/20/21

Pop Up Art Exhibition                                     Cooroy,Sunshine Coast                                           2020

Lindfield Art Show                                           Sydney                                                                          2015   

Kings School Art Show                                    Sydney                                                                         2014

Kings School Art Show                                    Sydney                                                                         2013

Art for the Heart                                              Melbourne                                                                   2013

 

 

EDUCATION

TAFE, East Coast Qld, Nambour, Qld                           Certificate III – Visual Arts                    2016

International School of Colour & Design, Sydney         Diploma – Surface Design                    2014

International School of Colour & Design, Sydney         Diploma – Graphic Design (part)        2013

International School of Colour & Design, Sydney         Certificate IV - Colour & Design         2012

University of Melbourne                                                    Bachelor of Arts                                       1978

 

 

CURRENT ROLE

Quixotica Art Space                          Marketing & Administration Manager                  2018 - current

 

COMMUNITY ART ROLES

Australian Wood Firers United         Vice President                                                        2019 – current

Noosa Open Studios                          President                                                                                 2018

Noosa Arts & Crafts Association     Vice President                                                                        2017

Noosa Open Studios                          Marketing Manager                                                               2017

 

 

PREVIOUS CAREER HISTORY

YUM Cashmere      Founder, Owner – online fashion business                                      2012 - 2016

pink zebra                  Founder, Owner – boutique fashion business – 5 stores            2005 - 2012

Colorado Group       Non Executive Director -  retail chain – 350 stores                                2006

Mambo Graphics     C.E.O. – international surf wear business                                                    2004

OPSM                       Group General Manager Aus/ NZ -  300 stores                        2002 – 2003

Esprit                          General Manager Aus/ NZ– fashion retail – 120 store              1989 – 2002

Holeproof                   Marketing Manager – Australian underwear brand                      1987 – 1989

Sheridan Textiles       Senior Product Manager  –  Australian home textiles                  1985 – 1987

Myer                            Department manager & Graduate Trainee                                    1982 – 1985