I'm firmly convinced that my purpose in life is to create works of art. When I was 10 my prize possession was a box of 72 derwent pencils that I got for my birthday. I still have them in various states of length and usability! For many years of my life I tried to walk the road of convention, to my own detriment. It wasn't until I was 37 and working as a graphic designer without inward satisfaction or contentment, that I decided if I was ever going to be happy I would have to start painting.

The flood-gates of suppressed longings opened and I haven't looked back. I took up oil painting for the first time in my life and enrolled in workshops at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney, attended the Mitchell Winter art school in Bathurst and learned from DVDs and books and the internet. I was a dry and weary sponge soaking up a sweet refreshing rain. When I reached a point where I was no longer moving forward I decided full time school was needed.

A lovely series of events landed me in Florence Italy, the very heart of the Renaissance! I studied first at the Angel Academy of Art for 6 months, followed by 2 years at the Russian Academy of Art. My time in Europe opened my eyes to the world beyond Australasia and a sense of history that I had never experienced. I was transported back to a time of cobblestones and intense investment in artist expression...

Still, I have only scratched the surface. Learning to paint is a life-long endeavour full of endless possibilities. I feel privileged and blessed by God to be able to follow the calling of my heart and I hope to grow as an artist and as a person each precious day I am given.

"A man should hear a little music,
read a little poetry,
and see a fine picture every day of his life,
in order that worldly cares
may not obliterate
the sense of the beautiful
which God has implanted in the human soul."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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