I am a contemporary figurative oil painter based in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt region. I’ve spent the past few years furthering my skills in representational oil painting, after undertaking a Creative Grid emerging artist mentorship to develop a body of work to form my first solo exhibition.
I have a deep interest in the style and techniques of the old masters as well as contemporary figurative and hyperrealist artists, and aim to capture an authentic representation of the world around me. Perhaps best known for my focus on portraiture, I’ve recently begun exploring botanical and still life subjects. Through my work I aim to create keenly observed and highly detailed works that invite a quiet moment of pause, introspection and welcome respite from a constantly ‘switched on’ world.
The key challenge in artistic practice lies in seeking out that authentic voice within, and finding the story only you are able to tell. That’s a lifelong goal which I’m constantly working towards, one piece at a time.
In my spare time I am an avid new technology enthusiast, experimenting with 3D printing and laser cutting to supplement a variety of creative endeavors.
I studied a Bachelor of Humanities (Fine Art) at Curtin University, graduating with distinction in 2013. Recently, I have studied under the tuition of internationally recognised hyper-realist Robin Eley, at The Art Academy in Adelaide.
In 2018 I was awarded funding to support the development of my arts practice from state and national arts funding programs, through a mentorship program culminating in my debut solo exhibition Quietude.
I held two solo exhibitions in Western Australia and taken part in numerous group shows including The Alternative Archive exhibition series. I am one of 40 artists to be selected for the Alternative Archive survey exhibition to be held at John Curtin Gallery in 2021.
I have been shortlisted as a finalist in local and national competitions, including the Lethbridge 20000 Small Scale Art Award (2019). My works are held in private collections across Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Singapore.
I am currently working towards establishing a new studio and full time arts practice in regional Western Australia.