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Combining Art & Education since 1979

"My training as a tonal realist painter, specializing in oil for over 40 years, has been a wonderful foundation from which to develop my painting technique and style.”

Exhibitions, Art Projects, Workshops, Talks, Performances, Field Trips, and Awards

  • 2022 Entrant for Montsalvat Portrait Prize.

  • 2019 – Artist Retreat Morocco and return to Covid Pandemic.

  • 2019 – Grampians Field Trip.

  • 2018 – Travel for painting and writing material to India, Nepal, and Bhutan.

  • 2017 – Artmakers Studio Gallery studio opening and exhibition of new works of Pilbarra, Bhutan, and India.

  • 2017 - Green Lake, Wimmera Field Trip.

  • 2017 – Rome, Spain, England, and Sweden Field trip 'Where I sit in the scheme - a memory'

  • 2017 – Western Australian round trip Perth to Kalbarri 'in search of Wild Wonder Wisdom - Flora.'

  • 2017 – Kakadu, Tiwi Islands field trip

  • 2011 – Our Changing State, performance art with Heidelberg Primary School, an Artist in Schools Program.

  • 2011 – Mosaic Seat, Alice Downunder in the land of Wonder. collaboration with students, Doncaster Primary School.

  • 2010 - Pilbara Artist Retreat and exhibition at Yarrie Station.

  • 2010 – Heights Primary School – ten panels, Let Medicine be your Food and Food your Medicine.

  • 2010 – Rosanna Golf Links Primary. Breezeway Mural -Healthy Living Health Life.

  • 2009 – 2015 Art Therapist, Able Australia, facilitating yearly exhibition.

  • 2009 – Exploring the Farmyard and Vegetable Garden 15m painted panel, Rosanna Golf Links Primary School

  • 2009 – Neighbourhood Community House Project, Nine Painted Panels, for the Collingwood Justice Centre, Vic.

  • 2008 – Hands-on for Healing Community Mosaic wall 2.5x3m, Austin/Repatriation Hospitals, Heidelberg Vic.

  • 2008-10 – Commission by Austin Repatriation Hospital, Heidelberg, Vic. for 44 oil paintings

  • 2008 – One and Many – a collaborative collage, Olympic Adult Education, Heidelberg Heights, Vic.

  • 2008 – Wild Wonder Wisdom, Panels, Australian flora, fauna, water land, and sea, Doncaster Primary School, Doncaster, Vic

  • 2007 – In the Flow – facade mural North Yarra Community Health Centre, Collingwood

  • 2006 – Body, Head Feet and Hands, Painted Tile Project, Doncaster Primary School, Vic.

  • 2006 – Meditation Garden, Rosanna Fire Station Community House Work for the Dole Project.

  • 2004- 2005 – Wall of the Imagination and Sculpture, mosaic and Ferro cement render Watsonia Neighbourhood House.

  • 2005 – Serpents Head path Mia Mia Gallery, Westerfolds Park, Templestowe. Greencore project.

  • 2004- 2005 – Mosaic Panels, Doncaster Primary School, Vic.

  • 2004 – Exhibition Doctors of Northcote, ‘Finding the Heart Beat of Northcote’

  • 2003 – Painting Workshop for Outback Women, Dirranbandi, Queensland.

  • 2002 – Doncaster Primary School Arts after school program. Art Therapy workshop for Heritage Australia, Canberra.

  • 2002 – Watsonia Neighbourhood House, Art Therapy workshop. Children’s Art Holiday Program ‘Weaving the Web’, a sculptural performance.

  • 2002 –Demonstration of painting Doncaster, Ringwood, Brighton, Heidelberg Art Societies

  • 2001 – Royal Women’s Hospital ‘Reclaiming the art of Dying’ – ‘Women’s Day 2000’, Dianella Community Health, Broadmeadows.

  • 2000 Exhibition, Doing Art Studio,‘Serpent’s Mouth Open’, giant serpent canvas and paint. ‘Looking at a coffin. Help! ‘ installation Open Studio Banyule City Council.

  • 1999 – Established with Rosemary Mangiamele Art and Soul Coffins and Ceremonies to offer a creative/healing approach to death and dying.

  • 1999 – Australian Film and Television School Artwork and direction.

  • 1998 – Exhibition of painting, ‘On the road to Rhodes’, Fitzroy Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne.

  • 1992 – ‘Art Adventure’ workshop funded by Northcote Council.

  • 1992 – Mornington Rotary Art Show Prize

  • 1991 – 1999 – T.P.I. Return Service Art Group.

  • 1991 – Warragul Rotary Art Show Prize.

  • 1990 – Hamilton Art Show First Prize.

  • 1990 – Wimmera Art Show, Best Painting.

  • 1990 – Bright Art Show ‘Miniature Prize.

  • 1990 – Wangaratta Art Show Grand Prize, Art Gallery Council Collection

  • 1989 – Artists in Schools Program. Grades 4,5 & 6 Four remote Primary schools in North-Eastern Victoria.

  • 1989 – Wangaratta Art Show, Grand Prize, Art Gallery Council Collection

  • 1989 – Exhibition of Painting, ‘Veritas Galleria’ Eldorado, Victoria.

  • 1988 – Exhibition of painting ‘Olive Lodge’, Oxley, Victoria

  • 1987 – Wangaratta Art Show Grand Prize, Art Gallery Council Collection – Australian Rural Prize, Wangaratta Collection

  • 1986 – Australian Rural Prize, Wangaratta Collection

  • 1979 – 1991 – Teaching The Centre for Continuing Education, Wangaratta. The Pathway, Adult Education Yarrawonga. Bright Community Centre, Benalla Artist Guild, Wangaratta Art Society North Ringwood and Park Orchards Community centres.

  • 1972 – Private Ellen Michel Art School ongoing.​

Education

  • 1999 – Wangaratta Art Show Grand Prize, Art Gallery Council Collection – Diploma of Art Therapy, Ikon Institute of Victoria, Melbourne.

  • 1992 – Wangaratta Art Show Grand Prize, Art Gallery Council Collection – Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Anthropology and Art History Majors, Cinema Studies, Contemporary Feminist Thought, Minors. La Trobe University, Bundoora, Melbourne, Australia.

  • 1979 -1985 – Studied under Frank Gill, Mitcham, Melbourne. (tonal realist & colourist).

  • 1972 - 1974 Studied under Alan Martin, Eltham, Melbourne (A tonal impressionist student of the celebrated Max Meldrum).

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