Who am I? I’m a graphic designer, illustrator and printmaker. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication from RMIT in 1988 (back when graphics was done on paper).
What do I do? I create graphic design for print, web and signage. I make linocut prints, and other illustrative works on paper. I love making visual things that communicate; I produce brochures, cards, book illustrations, CD covers, logos, signs and limited edition art prints.
It all started on 22 February in 1990 in the kitchen of a Genoa farmhouse in Far East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.
The Design Desk was an old laminex table pushed against the window with a view of the Genoa River. I was freelancing, producing line illustrations of rainforest flora and fauna with my set of Rotring technical pens.
Today, my studio is an old garage at our Drouin home. My husband had converted this into a space for himself but after a while, when all my drawings and art materials were taking over the house, he gave up the space to me.
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I have a strange attraction for these large grey native geese. Did you know an adult goose weighs about 4kg? [File that away for when you are next on a quiz show for conservationists]. This linocut is: A pair of Barren Geese Foraging 1/1 small monoprint only 15cm x 22cm
Another treasure discovered in my plan drawers. This bird linocut is printed on a salvaged book page, then hand coloured. I’ll be adding it to my box of prints for this Saturday’s Warragul Arts market.
With @openstudioswestgippsland coming up I had a hunt through the plan drawers and found quite a few linocuts printed over monoprints. This one has been hiding in there for a while because of its unusual size and hues. When a certain piece seems like a bit of a black sheep, I put it away, like wine, to mature (or turn to vinegar). The title of the print is: “I want to read but there are pom poms in my head” - from my series on dyslexia
Today at Point Nepean I spied engine room brickwork to inspire a painted finish. I would be happy just recording the surfaces of it’s walls. They tell a story. This windy, rugged, isolated fort was used in both world wars.
Come and see my studio. Open along with 20 others on the weekend of March 30 and 31. Melbourne Food & Wine Festival has the Jindivick Feast just up the road from here on the same weekend! Food, wine art bliss. Have a look at @openstudioswestgippsland or grab a brochure from my studio to get started on your amazing weekend, 10am-5pm each day
I'm back in the studio today feeling tired and foggy. The bushfire warnings have been downgraded for our area and rain has been falling for much of the day. It is a huge relief. Thank you for your messages of support. They were heartwarming and helpful. Our neighbours were wonderful, we had friends and family who offered shelter, chats with understanding colleagues, and my husband has a supportive workplace who sent him home with a tray of home baked sausage rolls yesterday. Finally, I wish to acknowledge the firefighters who worked incredibly long hours in dangerous and unpredictable conditions. All
The process of making an edition of prints is extremely satisfying, each one numbered and signed. But sometimes a girl’s gotta break out and make experimental one off-prints. Here is one such work. It’s based on my Dyslexic Warrior lino plate but is overprinted on a small monoprint and embossing and then handcoloured.
Queen bird turns Turquoise, is the title of this little one off print ready for @openstudioswestgippsland March 30 &31. It’s a single plate printed in mid green, then hand coloured with art spectrum inks.
The literary owl, linocut.Two plates printed on a salvaged book page, then handcoloured. I’ll have this print in my unframed prints box on @openstudioswestgippsland weekend on March 30 & 31.
So proud of today’s lino workshop students! Ellie, Jane & Pam came to the studio to make 2 colour linocuts. It was such a challenge to complete these in a one day workshop but the team worked hard and each produced a small edition of beautiful prints using water based inks. Swipe to see them.
Koonya 0cean Beach late afternoon was pretty much deserted except for us and these two birds. We are showing our Bavarian exchange student a few of Victoria’s beautiful places, but I think I’m taking more photos than he is.
Ruddy Turnstone linocut print; a migratory shorebird. One of my new batch of small scale one-off prints for my market stall tomorrow.
Open Studios West Gippsland
Come and visit my studio in Drouin and the studios of other local artists in the area on special Open Studios West Gippsland days.
This self guided tour will take you around beautiful West Gippsland.