I paint Australian Landscapes sometimes with a twist of abstract! I love to paint funky trees because that's how I see them. I never tire of watching their bark change throughout the seasons, the colours change with different light and the quirky shapes of their limbs. I try to capture their uniqueness in a fun-loving and often whimsical way. I am lucky to paint against a backdrop of trees with birds and kangaroos frequently dropping in... as well as the occasional brown snake!
I started to paint after suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury at 52 years of age. Painting initially helped to "unlock" my inner-self, thoughts and feelings that I found hard to express. Through my continued recovery, painting has become a love and passion, I call it “healing art”.
Sometimes I cover the canvas in whatever pattern and colours “speak” to me, or I clean my paint brushes or palette knives on a spare canvas. This in itself can be an outlet to experiment with colour, shapes or texture. But I also find that it is often an outward expression of the emotions often bottled up inside. I leave these canvasses to dry and when I come back to them, and paint over them I find beautiful texture and shapes which guide the composition and colour of my next painting.
In an earlier life I taught Biology to secondary school students and my passion for the environment, wildlife and ecosystems remains strong in my being. My paintings tell a story of places I have been to and of respecting and caring for our natural environment.
My hope is that my art helps others in their healing journey and provides opportunities for connection with others and nature. I hope they encourage good conversations, opportunities for reflection and a reminder to practice mindfulness.
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