Which new trends or Australian artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
I find the work of Pastel Artist Grace Paleg incredible. Her use of the medium is just beautiful.
Which Australian deceased artist do you most admire and why?
I adore the work of Tom Roberts, both his portraiture which is my first love and his landscapes which I am in awe of.
Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
I love visiting all galleries/exhibitions, but the ones which have made the greatest impact on me were those I have been lucky enough to visit in Europe. What I found striking was how close you could be to great works of art, how artists are allowed to be in incredibly close proximity, painting reproductions of a work. It is so accessible and inclusive and feels like what is most important to the gallery is the experience of the visitor.
Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
Inspiration comes from all that you see. I always look at a scene or a person and visualise how I would like that/them portrayed in a painting. The ocean is a favourite inspiration of mine. It is always so calming even when stormy. My dream is to have a studio overlooking the ocean one day.
Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?
Other than the requirement to be free from outside noise and distractions, I don’t think I have any.
What do you like most about being an artist?
For me, whenever working on a piece, there are always moments of despair and moments of elation. I guess it is the moments of elation which give you hope to continue. Strange as it might sound, sometimes when I am doing a hyper realism piece, the work can seem alive to me and I love that sense.
How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?
I try to retain my faith in myself and know that sometimes this precedes something wonderful.
What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
Having people look at portraits I have completed and make the comment that it’s a beautiful photo.
Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?
I do not see my painting as a way to impact on someone else’s life further than I hope that it is enjoyable.
What are your plans for the coming year?
To paint and continue to develop and step outside my comfort zone.