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I specialise in Equine Art - portraying horses in pastel, oils & acrylics. Other subjects I like to paint are lansdscapes, fantasy & animals.
Born in Newcastle, NSW Australia I have been drawing horses since the age of 3. I spent my school age years in Auckland, New Zealand & took Art as a subject at High School, entering a pencil drawing of my first horse in an Equine magazine Art Competition at the age of 13 - winning 2nd prize. I sold my first horse sketch at 15, then went onto sell more work after leaving school. Working with racehorses as a teenager gave me inspiration for further drawings.
Returning to Australia I studied Showcard Ticketwriting & Calligraphy at Newcastle TAFE College - later moving to the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. Discovering soft pastels after enrolling in a local course and also oils, I began using these 2 favourite mediums in my work & have since won over 70 awards. Pastels are a wonderful medium for portraying the beauty of the horse, they capture the softness & reality of these gorgeous animals. Oils give a richness & depth to Equine studies. At times I will use acrylics, when I want to work quickly. This is how my 'Painted Ponies' series came about - bright coloured Paint & Appaloosa horses full of energy & spirit.
Breeding & showing my own Paint & Quarter Horses for many years gave me plenty of experience studying their conformation & anatomy, as well as numerous subjects to paint. Inspiration for my work comes from a variety of sources - sometimes dreams & other times from the beauty that surrounds me - in the unique flora & fauna of the native Australian bush, flowers in the garden, my love for all things equine & a fascination for magic & fantasy.
(UPCOMING SOLO EXHIBITION 'SPIRIT OF EQUUS' - June 2013 at Flying Changes, Maitland Vale, NSW Australia)
2010 'BLUE SKIES, DRAGONFLIES & ROSES' with K.Mears & M. Cranfield - The Morland Gallery, Wingham NSW Australia
2010 'THE FIFTH ELEMENT' with Philip Elsing, Michael Murphy & Kadek Wijaya - Your Home Choices, Forster, NSW Australia
2011 SOLO EXHIBITION - Cafe Mediterrano, Taree, NSW Australia
2012 SOLO EXHIBITION - ' A TOUCH OF MAGIC' - Hallidays Point Library, Hallidays Point NSW Australia
2012 SOLO EXHIBITION - ' A TOUCH OF MAGIC' - Brush Turkey Cafe, Wootton NSW Australia
2013 'HAPPY HOLIDAYS' Group Exhibition - Cafe Mediterrano, Taree, NSW Australia
Invited Group Exhibitions -
1999 'TRAPPINGS OF THE HORSE' - Manning Regional Gallery, Taree NSW Australia
2003 ' A DAY IN THE COUNTRY' - Killabakh Hall, Killabakh NSW Australia
2008 'LOWER NORTH COAST PHOTOGRAPHIC ART PRIZE' (Finalist) - Manning Regional Gallery, Taree NSW Australia
2010 'UPPER LANSDOWNE THEATRE PLAYERS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION & ART EXHIBITION' - Upper Lansdowne Hall, NSW Australia
2010 'VARIATIONS : 20 ARTISTS GROUP EXHIBITION' - Your Home Choices, Forster NSW Australia
2011 'CHRISTMAS GROUP EXHIBITION' - Cafe Mediterrano, Taree NSW Australia
2012 'A TASTE OF ITALY' - The Other Side Cafe & Gallery, Ghinni Ghinni NSW Australia
My paintings have gone to collectors in USA, France, Australia & New Zealand. Having been a professional artist for over 10 years I now work from home on commissions, finally realising my dream of becoming a full-time artist. I live on a farm on the Mid North Coast of NSW, Australia with my partner, 3 dogs & 6 horses. We raise beef cattle - mainly Angus.
Please contact me if you are interested in a painting or a commission. My website address is www.painteddreamsstudio.com