I am a curator and visual artist — a painter, muralist and installationist. And I am an experienced designer, researcher and educator with a track record of mobilising projects in creative fields, and a natural team leader, with an engaging style and a unique combination of knowledge and capabilities in design, arts and culture development.
I make projects work by bringing different interest groups together and synthesising complex problems, creating strategies and helping people find their source of inspiration. I use my creativity and my ability to mentor creative endeavours, and build the capacity of a community — whether a specific community of common interest or shared space, or one that links various communities and stakeholders.
I received my MA (Design) from Curtin University and BA (Interior Architecture) from the University of Manitoba. I was born in England and have lived in Tanzania, Canada and the UK. I am based in Australia. The context I work in informs the idea and medium. My experience in spatial design and theories about place making, community building and nature influence my paintings, murals and mixed media installations. I have received grants from the Australia Council for the Arts, the Department of Culture and the Arts, the City of Fremantle and Curtin University. My arts practice includes curating, educating and consulting. In 2001 I was a Finalist in the Australian Awards for University Teaching. I won a number of design awards in Canada and the UK for interior architecture projects.
I’m fun loving, a people person, physically active and adventurous. I love to travel, especially in natural environments, remote and rural. I’m family oriented and share my home-work-life with partner Jack and husky Mucky. My ideal is simple living, surrounded by art, design, craft, garden, animals, people and nature.