I grew up in rural Victoria, in a town called Mildura. I was the DUX of Visual Communication, Studio Arts and Art throughout high school. At age 18 I moved to Geelong to study Occupational Therapy, I fell into the trap of 'needing a career, as you can't make money out of art'. My art took a back seat as I began my degree. The warning signs I wasn't enjoying what I was doing were prevalent right from the start, however I pushed through right up until my final placement in my final year. I remembered sitting with my peers surrounding me, feeling like I was not part of them, they were so passionate about it, and I didn't want any part of it. I went into my final 8 week placement, with three weeks to go I was so deeply miserable. I had reached a point of no return, I wanted no part of it. I walked in with a mere 3 weeks to go, and said 'its not you its me' I had a dream to chase, I wasn't sure what it is, but it sure as hell wasn't that.
My world did a complete 360* flip. My life had been forced into a whole new direction. I had freedom and experience behind me to do whatever my heart desired. We got married and for the first time in my life I had time to find what I wanted to do. I had been following Chris De Hoog on instagram, and felt a great push to start painting again. Inspired by his abstract acrylics, I walked into Spotlight and walked out with a fist full of paints and paintbrushes, canvases under arms and I started painting again. And that piece sold! Then the next one, and the one after that!
The opportunities from that came thick and fast, I had found a way to process my emotions and express myself for the first time in adulthood. I never began painting with the intention for monetary value, but with the premise of trust your gut and your heart, and magic with ensue.
From there, I specialise in abstract acrylic pieces, utilising bold colours and patterns, as well as detailed intricate fine line pieces and tattoo designs.
I have featured in GT magazine, in the Geelong Advertisor, held several exhibitions across Geelong, with more upcoming, including a mural at the Mildura Art Centre. I incorporate humour and light into my work, evoking creativity and joy. My artworks are often accompanied with poems I have written.
I am beyond proud to be the youngest artist displaying at Zudis.
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