Sharing the craft of hand printing onto paper and sharing calming and sometimes quirky moments from the natural environment drives my arts practice. Working with relief and intaglio printmaking media, in a culture of haste and automation, I find that the natural environment encourages us to be still and present.
With my art, I work to share this natural world into our busy spaces.
My love of printmaking started back in early teenage years, but really working with, focussing and experimenting with the craft didn’t become a reality until around 2010. I have worked in the world of graphic design and advertising for 25+ years. Spending most of that time behind a computer fueled a passion for paper, print and creating tangible images using my hands and traditional tools, albeit with a modern twist.
I played with lino in highschool; was introduced to etching and collagraph 15 years ago; and am finally back to lino, monopint and collagraph in my own studio. I am currently obsessed with reductive lino prints and encaustic collagraphs. I love to mix different printmaking processes, experimenting with the endless possibilities that come to life as I lift the paper from the plate.
Printmaking presents an opportunity to create an image in multiple (the edition) or a single image off a printing plate, not unlike image reproduction in graphic design, but the difference with Printmaking is the handmade nature and mystery of not quite knowing how the image will reveal itself until the paper is lifted off the plate, quite unlike the precise nature of commercial print.
My ‘other’ life, or rather professional career, spaned 30 years working in commercial creative industries in graphic design and advertising. This included running my own print and digital design and marketing studio for the past 10+ years – The Red Road Marketing (formally Red Creative).
I have travelled extensively and am grateful beyond words for the opportunities I have been afforded to experience lifestyles and cultures so dramatically different to my own. These experiences have helped shape the person I am today, they have made my world so much bigger and richer than it would otherwise have been.
March-April 2019 – March to Art: Narratives, Australian National Veterans Art Museum, Victoria
May-June 2019 – Queenscliffe Gallery & Workshops ‘Historia‘, Victoria
September-November 2019 – Kyoto Hanga International Print Exhibition: Japan and Australia, Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Caloundra
September-November 2019 – Grounded, Solo Exhibition, Maroochydore Artspace, Maroochydore Library, Maroochydore
November-December 2019 – PTSD Understories: Today is not Tomorrow, Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Townsville
December 2019 – Feathers of the Forest, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny
December 2019 – BioBlitz Survey Team Creative and Scientific Results, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny
I am also the wife of a medically retired contemporary war veteran. My art gives me respite from the sometimes chaotic and unpredictable world of his PTSD that we both live with and manage.