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My journey with pastels began in 1993. Since that time I have loved every minute of every pastel experience…I think they were made for me. I am New Zealand born to Australian parents. The visual experiences of both countries initially caused me confusion due to the vast colour differences between the two landscapes, but today the two augment and enhance my paintings. The creativity gene runs throughout my family where you will find composers, piano builders, soloists, pianists, violinists, visual artists, photographers, film makers, dancers and writers. 

For many years I worked in other areas of creativity that did not include painting – music, craft, clay, etc. Today my total focus is painting. I initially studied painting for 7 years with the one teacher before supplementing my studies with high profile tutors both within Australia and internationally in Paris, New York, and other parts of the USA. Encouragement along the way has included being awarded Master Pastellist Status with the Pastel Society of Australia, Scholarship to study pastel painting in New York, Pastellist of the Year Award 2007 and multiple awards in both pastels and portraiture in Australia and Internationally. I have been honoured to have been published in multiple publications, encompassing books and magazines. 

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The Final Tweaks - Edges and Final Balances in any genre

The shapes have been accurately replicated, the colours are thrilling, the subject is pleasing and yet there is something not quite right. How often do you face this dilemma?


You have worked hard to create an amazing artwork to see the finishing line disappear into the distance due to a 'something is not right' feeling that nags at the corners of your mind. This demonstration will lead you through some resolution steps to take at this final stage of your artwork.


Looking at edges and specific balance checks to lead you triumphantly over the finishing line.

*information subject to change*

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The Power of Gradation to Create Movement in Landscapes 

Experience Level: All students

Learning the art of gradations can completely transform the way you paint. In this workshop we shall together discover a simple repeatable process that offers endless variations in approach

thereby satisfying your creativity as an artist and also offering an interesting experience to the viewers of your art.


Gradations yield movement, interest, interaction, variety, and much more. One particular effect of a gradation that excites me is taking the viewers  to a place where they believe they are actually within the painting.


This workshop shall explain, discuss, illustrate, demonstrate, and share ideas that could transform your approach to painting. 

What you'll learn:

  • What constitutes a gradation

  • What value a gradation can add to an artwork 

  • Specific ways to render gradations - a minimum of 5 foundational approaches

  • Variations within each of the above approaches


What you can achieve:

  • A series of small studies of gradation approaches


What you will take away:

  • Notes that explain the topic

  • Ideas to expand your paintings into an experience for the viewers

  •  A library of approaches for future reference

*information subject to change*