Which new trends or Australian artists do you find inspiring at the moment? I find multimedia: FaceBook is good, but especially Instagram is inspiring as I meet artists from abroad as well as in Australia. Aussie artists who inspire me are numerous and currently some include Guido Van Helton, Amanda Krantz, Ashvin Harrison although my work is nothing at all like theirs.
Which Australian deceased artist do you most admire and why? Albert Namajira - his simplistic representation and use of colour.
Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why? Last week saw Melbourne NGV's Hokusai exhibition.. the volume of fine prints and his knowledge of anatomy! Also loved Dali exhibition some years back for his expansive creativity in so many different mediums, and his surrealistic imagination.
Where do you get your inspiration for your work? Everywhere and from everything. Currently from the sky. The colour and formations are endless feed to my mind….I wonder what must there be out in space, beyond our wild blues here on earth.
Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about? Taking photos constantly with my phone...whilst stopped at the lights or traffic.
Enjoy TV art programs and docos on ABC/SBS, listening to radio conversations or music whilst working.
What do you like most about being an artist? Freedom of expression, playing and experimenting as I learn about paint on canvas/paper/board.
How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block? Eat, pray, cry! Go tidy my studio (for 100th time), walk the beach, get dirty in garden, phone a friend.
What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date? First time I’ve ever been a Finalist is this year and it happened 3 times in 6 months! Guess I’m doing something right.
Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how? Not really...I’m just doing what I do. If it touches people I hope it’s positive.
What are your plans for the coming year? Produce better art, and lots of it.