After enjoying family and ‘mob’ holidays throughout my childhood I grew to love the bush and beaches in our beautiful country. I was born in Chelsea, Victoria and grew up in Seaford. After watching my mother, June Cook, sketch and paint I wanted to emulate her.
After fulfilling my desire to travel the world, I married in South Africa and came home to Melbourne with my husband to raise a family. I have been painting full time for the last 6 years since retiring from the work force.
My mother taught me watercolours and drawing techniques. I have attended art classes:
1996 - Plein Air and Perspective using Acrylics with Colin Johnson at the Peninsula Art Society, where my mother was a life member.
2002 - Drawing Classes 1 and 2 at Swinburne University in Charcoal and Conte, which included life drawing.
2005 - Portraiture and still life with Barbara McManus at the Victorian Artist Society, who I had seen demonstrating portraiture at the Peninsula Art Society which drew me toward the medium of Pastel.
Some of the workshops I have attended are: still life pastel with Grace Paleg, landscapes and seascapes pastel and plein air with Regina Hona, pastel with Ted Ludwig, Ross Patterson, pastel plein air with Margaret Evans, watercolour with Malcolm Beattie, and watercolour/pen and ink with Maxine Wade.
I enjoy portraiture and still life. My favourite subjects are reflections and landscapes, but now I am diversifying in other areas. I am a member of the Sherbrooke Art Society and the Pastel Society of Victoria.
I have paintings exhibited in private collections in Australia, Finland and Holland.