The natural environment is my painting obsession as I form connections with my home surrounds and link the way place can create a sense of belonging and connection to nature around. I have worked from my home studio in Burnett Heads (at the beginning of Queensland’s Barrier Reef) for the last 13 years and was creatively motivated by the location and the relaxed atmosphere it offered. At the end of 2020, I relocated closer to Brisbane and my new home and studio are in the hills surrounding the Lockyer Valley. Here, my subject matter continues to be informed by the natural environment: whether it’s trees, my potted plants waiting to be put into the garden, the birds or the hills and mountains.
Having lived in Cairns for eight years, the region has dominated the subject matter of recent work. This culminated in PhD research based on walking, painting and place in the wet tropics of Far North Queensland. Her doctorate was completed through James Cook University, where she is a lecturer in creative arts.