Art has always been part of my life and over the years for extended periods of time I painted in oils and acrylics, practiced woodcarving, pyrography, digital art and various types of drawings, as a hobby.
I was always driven by curiosity and happy to try new techniques. Sometimes I applied my art skills in my job as a technology teacher and that created the opportunity to take art classes in some of the high schools I worked for (Blackfriars HS; Pasadena HS; Whyalla R10; Modbury HS).
About twelve years ago, I went part time with my job to get more time for my art. It was a good decision.
Initially, I painted mainly portraits in acrylics taking commissions and exhibiting. The most important commission came from Modbury HS – a large acrylic painting including all the five principals, over the last 50 years. My style was academic, and my main influences were Albrecht Durer and Rembrandt, at the time.
I was doing well, getting noticed with my acrylics but the feedback I was receiving for my occasional watercolours made me to focus more on that medium. At some stage I noticed that I was trying to create watercolour effects in acrylics and that made me redirect my focus.
Coming across the work of Joseph Zbukvic and Corneliu Dragan Targoviste convinced me that I need serious training and I took watercolour classes with Alan Louis Ramachandran and later Alan Philips, at the Adelaide Central School of Art.
One day I just realised that watercolours are offering me all the challenges and the avenues I need in the creative process and since then this medium takes all my time and interest.
I am honoured that my school, Modbury HS displays in the reception area three of my large watercolours depicting scenes of school daily life.
I was invited to teach watercolour techniques at Clipboard Art Supply, in Prospect and the Campbelltown Arthouse and I enjoy sharing the pleasure of painting in this medium with anyone. It is the joy of watercolour.
Founder member of the Campbelltown Arthouse
Member of the Watercolour Society of South Australia.
Pages of life – watercolour – 2014
People of Campbelltown – acrylics – 2016
Made with local ingredients – watercolour – 2017
Life and still life – watercolour – 2017
Pages of life in watercolours – watercolour – 2018
Three corners – watercolour – 2019
Every picture tells a story – watercolour – 2020
Mixed-up – watercolour – 2021
The joy of watercolour – 2022
Burnside painting group:
The debut prize – acrylics – 2011
The Popularity Award – pastel – 2012
Patron’s award – acrylics – 2013
The Phyllis Kopp Award – acrylics – 2014
Campbelltown art show: Campbelltown reflections – 2017
South Australian Watercolour Society:
Coralie Armstrong award, runner up – 2020
Coralie Armstrong award – 2021 and 2022