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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