I grew up on the south east coast of Australia in an idyllic world of practical simplicity. My parents were both ceramicists; we built a solar powered home with kilns out the back, ate from the garden, ran to the river in bare feet.
In the 90's my mother retrained in the traditional craft of sign writing and I've been assisting her on public signage and murals since I was 9 years old.
In pure childish pleasure, I've always maintained that a satisfactory day meant getting my hands dirty. Whether that's with clay, charcoal, ink, paint or dirt.
Going on to study graphic design and digital media, I maintained this hands on approach utilising traditional drawing and printmaking techniques at every opportunity. I was awarded the Awards for Excellence on graduation, and went on to embrace the traditional process of creating typography by hand.
This obsession dictated my 20's and took me all over the world. I lived in Austin TX, Vancouver BC, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide and beyond, pursuing the dying craft of Traditional Sign Writing. The masters I found to learn from were often hidden behind vinyl machines and CAD, or completely retired. It was an amazing journey, and left me in great awe of the craftsmen and women of traditional sign writing and their life long skills in brush lettering.
The last seven years of large scale signage and mural commissions have allowed me to pass my skills on, taking on assistants, teaching workshops and giving keynote talks. My amazing (and now retired) mother is still assisting me on many big jobs, most notably for Westfield (Scentre Group) who have often required us to work right through the night, up a scissor lift, and outside in the cold.
My mum brings it!! As soon as that brush is back in her hand her eyes light up and she’s on, no matter how late the hour. I’ve inherited that feverish adrenaline that the big jobs bring, we’re hard working women who prize integrity of the brush stroke over all else.
My recent move back to my home town of Braidwood, NSW has allowed me to slow down and get my hands in the earth. To focus on my art and take on more creative large scale mural commissions.
My days serve as a dedication to creativity. Whether teaching workshops, or painting murals on site, or focusing on an art series for an upcoming exhibition, I still relish the days I can get my hands dirty and wake up feeling grateful for my client's who allow me such a magnitude of creative freedom while designing to a brief.
DEMONSTRATED EXPERTISE IN:
Large scale project management*
High quality performance in short turn around
Mural design and installation
Event Fit Outs
Workshop coordinator and instructor**
* has White Card, EWP License, and painting assistants for large projects with short turn around.
** has Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) check for NSW and ACT
Guildhouse Scholarship for the South Australian Young Entrepreneurs Scheme - 2016
Showing The Most Initiative - Australia and New Zealand Letterheads Meet - May 2014
Inspirational Award - Australia and New Zealand Letterheads Meet - May 2013
Award for Excellence Diploma of Digital Media, CIT - 2009
SELECTED ART EXHIBITIONS
Throttle Roll Motorcycle Show - Sydney, NSW - May 2019
Cult and Harper Gallery - “Subversive” Group Show - Adelaide Australia - June 2018
Wonderwalls Mural Painting Festival - Adelaide, South Australia - April 2017
Coexist - Contributor - U&I Label - Torquay, NSW - September 2016
Broken Spells of Golden Vision - Solo Exhibition - AntiSocial Shop - Vancouver, Canada - Oct 2015
Doin’ Drawings - Contributor - Scumfighter Gallery - Hobart, Tasmania - Feb 2015
Don’t Let The Idea Die - Facilitator and contributor - The Producers Bar , South Australia - Nov 2014
Lowered Brows (SALA Festival) - Contributor - Light Square Gallery, South Australia - Aug 2014
Postered - Contributor - Tooth and Nail Art Collective, South Australia - Feb 2014
Double Entendre - Facilitator and contributor - Tooth and Nail, South Australia - Feb 2014
Wild Souls Radiate the Gold - Solo Exhibition -The Annex, South Australia - Nov 2013
Golden Years - Contributor - Lonsdale St Roasters, ACT - 2013
The Two Fires Festival of Arts and Activism - Contributor - Braidwood Community Hall, NSW - 2013
5 x 5 - Facilitator and contributor - The Shed Gallery, NSW - 2012
We Do Nothing, Newquay, Cornwall (UK) 2017
Anti Social Skateboard Shop, Vancouver BC (Canada) 2015
Tooth and Nail Studio Collective, Adelaide, South Australia 2014
SELECTED CLIENT LOCATiONS:
Adelaide, South Australia
San Clemente, California
Alice Springs, NT