My specialty as a visual artist is pastel artworks on paper.
Going back to art happened as an interest in my early forties. After starting with paint, I discovered pastels, reigniting a childhood fascination with coloured pencils. I love pastels, especially the pencils: how they work, and the colours and types of paper now available.
My pastel artworks have evolved over years – from realistic to more stylised, and sometimes abstract – in my interpretation of subjects. I also use watercolour pencils and ink, playing with marks, shapes and colours to represent perceptions and feelings.
I take many photographs when travelling, and use these as reference for a wide range of artworks. The bush, rocks and waterways around northern Sydney, the Hawkesbury River and Central Coast hold what’s been a lifelong fascination for me, and were often the subject of my pastel works since the 2000s. With a move to Adelaide in late 2018, I’m in a new phase of my art practice, focusing on different landscapes and the natural world around my new home.
Here are a few samples of my work.