Watercolours – Botanical Illustrations
Graphite Pencils – Aged & weathered structures/farm scenes
Acrylic paints – includes outdoor work/signs/mini-murals
Photography – Nature (mostly macro for reference material)
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Born in Melbourne in 1962, I spent my childhood growing up in an old timber cottage, surrounded by large shady trees, spring blossoms, mossy stone paths and birds of every kind. (A sort of secret garden in suburbia) As a child I was greatly inspired by my grandfather Laurie Baker, a self-taught amateur artist.
In the early days I dabbled in oils but was never really satisfied with the results and I hated the smell. Then came ceramics and later Folk-Art painting.
In 2008 I enrolled in “Botanical Illustration” classes with Terry Napier in Park Orchards, Melbourne after seeing a truly mind-blowing exhibition “Nature in Art” by his students. This was a turning point in my life as my first real love is nature and all its wonders.
I have painted and drawn numerous commissions over the years, some of which were subjects I wouldn’t have personally chosen but I learned a lot from the process which was invaluable.
I have exhibited in several Art Shows and in 2013 & 2014 was awarded a Highly Commended at ArtEx in Ulverstone for two graphite works. This was a fabulous experience.
In 2016 I had my first solo exhibition “Seen Better Days” at the Working Art Space Sheffield (now called Albert Gallery) with a collection of 20 works in graphite featuring some of Tasmania’s derelict roadside buildings seen dotted around the North West. I felt it was important to depict them before they disappear, taking their history with them.