I have been painting for many years now and have always combined my painting practice with my working life.
I gained a Diploma in Fine Art from the Otago school of Art Otago Polytechnic in 1977 and attended teachers college in Christchurch. I then took up a position with Dunedin TV One as graphic Artist for 3 years, working on programmes like Play School and Spot On.
In 1979 I gained a position as Curator at the Otago Settlers Museum and remained for 18 years. During that time I completed a Diploma in Museum Studies.
My son was born in 1989 and we started up our business, The Green Acorn Cafe shortly after. This was situated within Otago University precinct and I also exhibited my own and other artists in the café.
I continued at the Museum and left in 1998 to run the family business full time and to return to University.
I completed my teacher training and also finished a BA in Art History and Education in 2004. Whilst running our business I also gained work as a relief Art teacher.
I have exhibited my work all over NZ and try to aim for have at least two exhibitions a year.
My two most memorable exhibition was one many years ago now ,when selected with Marilynn Webb, Doris Lusk ,and Els Noordof for a five women Show at the Eastern Southland Gallery Gore, and more recently last December, I showed a group of works inspired by Rocklands Station to coincide with my husband’s book launch ‘A Harsh and Rugged life’ Stories from Rockland Station where he grew up. We exhibited these in an old Church located above the Taieri Plains.
My work is inspired by design, shape, colour, texture and the changing of seasons.
Like maps my works are a translation of place combined with the movement of time and memory.