Creating inspirational works of art

My sunlit studio overlooks the rolling pastoral hills and the stunning coastline of Wilsons Promontory in South Gippsland. It is from here I teach small groups of budding artists and create my own work. It is a particularly special place and I am constantly inspired by the changing colours and light of the landscape and sky.

My childhood was spent in Dunedin and the beautiful surrounds of the Otago Peninsula in New Zealand.

It was here I developed a love for the natural world; recording it with observational drawings whenever I could. Following school I attended Otago Art School and developed my craft; majoring in Painting.

In Auckland a teaching career began and from the very start, teaching has been a wonderfully fulfilling occupation. Inspiring and guiding the child’s unselfconscious and creative mind has always been a joyful challenge to me. In the early years I taught predominantly in the secondary levels but with a move to primary levels found an increased satisfaction in guiding budding artists to new heights. My greatest teaching achievement has been with the exceptional art results many of my secondary students attained in their final year. A great reward after years of hard work! Today I still keep my hand in education and currently run private art classes for small groups of children from my home called Art Blast Studio. Where children can develop their skills, learn new techniques and tap into their creativity.

My family has lived in New Zealand and India and travelled to parts of America, Asia and Europe. But here in South Gippsland for the past ten years we have found a wonderful place to reside. It is pristine, verdant, sparsely populated and beautiful and we all love it.

The area is also home to many artists and creative souls. Nearby Fish Creek provides plenty of opportunity to exhibit work and showcase artists. I have recently completed a course in Illustration and now I am  finding areas that I can transfer my skills over to. Having the honour of illustrating two children books written by Australian authors was a real thrill.

So here I am – surrounded by artists, inspiration and an environment of learning and teaching.