Dog Days at MRAG

I was so thrilled to be one of four artists ( Sami Bayly, Gillian Benke, Jen Denzin and Jake Henzler) to be asked to be included in the Dog Days Exhibition at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery- MRAG. We were asked to respond to Troy Emery’s lusciously textured Park Creature. DOG PARK 30 April -12 […]

Images of Art work for The New Maitland Hospital

Late last year I was commissioned by NSW Government Health Infrastructure to create the artwork for the Paediatric areas of the New Maitland Hospital. I worked alongside the very talented Jaime  Pritchard who, like me, was one of several artists invited to contribute to the Hospitals artwork. Jamie designed the beautiful trees that my images […]

Adelaide Perry Art Prize 2021

This year the Adelaide Perry Gallery exhibited 44 finalist works in the Adelaide Perry Drawing Prize. Visitors were invited to vote for the People’s Choice Award. This year I was lucky enough to share the prize with fellow artist Kate De la Motte. My charcoal drawing ‘Water Under the Canberry Bridge 2020‘ reflects my strong […]

NEW BOOK – You Can’t Find Me

It’s been a long time between BLOGS. Lots of things have happened since then both personally and world wide. We are told that life will be “a new normal” so I guess we have to embrace it as best we can and ‘keep calm and carry on’ and find joy in the things we can […]

You Can’t Catch Me is back!!…get your copy today!

My Children’s book ‘You Can’t Catch Me’ is back from the printers!  Thank you Who Printing for doing a fabulous job. I had sold ALL the copies from my first printing and DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND I decided to do a second print run. COPIES ARE NOW AVAILABLE for purchase either through my webpage or […]


IM JUMPING WITH JOY and I am thrilled to let you know that my Children’s book ‘You Can’t Catch Me’ will be back in July!  I’ve sold ALL the copies from my first printing and DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND… and lots of inquires. I have decided to do a second print run. I should have […]


I just wanted to let you know the dates of my next solo exhibition. It’s called ‘The Garden Palette’ and will be held at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG – It will be quite different from my last exhibition….321 hand painted photos of flowers. The exhibition is on from 28July 2018 – 14 […]


After much nagging by my beautiful sister Sal,who is a Teacher Librarian, I entered my children book ‘You Can’t Catch Me’ into the  Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Prize. In 1946 the CBCA established annual book awards to promote children’s books of high literary and artistic quality. These awards are […]


As artists, we all have our list of art prizes that we aspire to be in…The Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing was at the top of my list, so when I got selected this year I was beyond excited! The opening was a great night and I really enjoyed meeting the other artists and hearing […]

You Can’t Catch Me-Order your copy today

After a couple of hick-ups my book is finally here. It had its first outing at the Frensham school ‘Iris Fair’ at Mittagong and it was a fabulous day! Thank you to my two beautiful helpers…I could not have done it without you …Jess & Melinda. I sold lots of books and received a very […]

FINALIST – NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize

I’m very excited about having one of my paintings chosen as a finalist for this years NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize. There where 380 paintings entered into the prize and only 45 chosen as finalists. The exhibition opens at NSW Parliament House on Tues 3 Oct – Fri 27 Oct 2017  If you would like to find […]

Need a nice place to stay?

In the last post I talked about the workshop that I went to in Jervis Bay…well I just wanted to continue on from that Blog and let you know about were I stayed. Its sometimes tricky to make a decision about where to stay…so if you are heading down the coast from Sydney and you […]

Shades of White Oil Painting Workshop

I’ve just returned from a wonderful, but challenging oil painting workshop, with the very talented, Bowral based artist, Kim Shannon ( We learnt all about painting ‘shades of white’ something that might sound easy but was ( I found at least) rather challenging. The workshop was organised by Alison Mackay ( of Alison’s Artworkshops at […]

My first Children’s Book – ‘You can’t Catch me’

One of the things that has been on my bucket list was to write and illustrate a children’s book. Early this year I enrolled in course – Designing a Children’s Book, at The Pumphouse School of Design in Newcastle ( It was a fabulous course and I learnt all the ins and outs of how […]

Newcastle Club Foundation Art Prize 2016

To complete the year I was one of only 11 artists whose paintings were selected from over 80 entries, for the inaugural Newcastle Club Foundation Art prize. Our paintings were hung in the Newcastle Club and we were all treated to a spectacular dinner where the winner was announced our paintings were put up for […]

Frensham Fellowship Art Prize – November 2016

In November I entered one of my large charcoal drawings, ‘The Paterson River’, into the Frensham Fellowship Art Prize ( Old girls) and much to my total shock and delight I won! I always find it an odd feeling returning to school…it is so familiar yet it seems like a life time ago. I was […]

Kilgour Prize 2016 – For Figurative and Portrait Painting – August to November 2016

In August I received notification from the Newcastle Art Gallery that my painting ’Superheroes – a blank Canvas’ was selected for the 2016 Kilgour Prize for Figurative and Portraiture Painting. I was one of 35 finalists, selected from a field of more than 200 entries across Australia. I was so thrilled and excited! My painting […]

NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize – October 2016

My painting ‘Golden Gully – Hill End” was short listed  for the 2016 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize. Unfortunately, it was not selected in the group of artwork to be judged for the $20 000 art prize but I was happy to be part of the Salon des refuses group of artists who still […]

The gentle light of day – July 2016

In July I had my second solo exhibition – ‘The gentle Light of Day’ at ASW Art System Wickham, Newcastle -. The exhibition was a series of landscape drawings ranging in size from small intimate 10cm x 10cm graphite pencil drawings to large 70cm x 100cm charcoal drawings. I was overwhelmed by the number of […]

Kelton Plains, Cooma with Lucy Culliton

In late September, Linda Greedy and I headed down to Cooma, NSW to attend a 4 day painting workshop with Lucy Culliton. We stayed in a beautiful old farmhouse on a sheep property, Kelton Plains. It was a fabulous couple of days painting en plein air with the guidance of Lucy. The workshop was organised […]

Hill End with Luke Sciberras

In April, Linda Greedy and I headed inland to the historic village of Hill End to do a weekend workshop with the very funny and talented Luke Sciberras. The weekend was organised by Beryl Miles from Art Workshops Australia. Luke took us out to several spots in the bush to paint and then it was […]