My artistic journey really begins back in the 70's on the North West coast of Tasmania, Australia. A fairly isolated, un-spoilt part of the world, the rugged beauty of my surrounds had a profound impact on me even as a child. Born in a place with the ocean stretching blue and wide in front of me and dark, brooding mountain ranges behind, these impressions taken of the sea and mountains inspired me then and continue to today.
I had a tough childhood so for me escape was to be found in my dreams and in my drawings. At college I was fortunate enough to have two teachers who mentored and encouraged my artistic abilities and it was there that my love of painting and my belief that maybe I could take this further was cemented within me.
I was accepted to the University of Tasmania's Art School in Launceston and I gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1992. At Art School I discovered Abstract Expressionism, an art movement based in New York in the 40's and 50's which still remains a major influence on all that I do. These artists were attempting to work through and express inner emotions and anxieties through the act of painting itself. An attractive proposition to a mixed up teen like me!
The abstract expressionists used experimental techniques and combined spontaneity of expression with abstract forms in seemingly random compositions. I loved the freedom of expression but also recognised that while on the surface the painting looked random and unplanned, there was a fine balance between technique, material and the serendipitous. Control vs Chance became the foundation for my own paintings.
I continued to paint for awhile after Art School but it was very difficult to make ends meet. So like many other artists, I followed a different career path. Motherhood and travel followed, punctuated by brief periods of creative activity. It is incredibly hard for artists who are primary caregivers to not only practically fit in their art making but to justify its pursuit as well. Therefore it has only been in the past few years that I have been able to concentrate on my artistic practice fully. But I come to it now, wiser, with maturity and a much stronger voice.
And so it will come as no surprise to discover that recently my work has been concerned with exploration of self. Issues that are top of mind for me but are also universal themes affecting most women.
Tutere Gallery opened its doors in the spring of 2016 but its story began some five years prior when a girl fell in love with a run down, 90 year old bach (Kiwi for holiday home) that had been vacant for some time and somehow managed to convince her husband to buy it. He thought she was mad but all she could see was potential.
First up, the location was absolutely perfect for a gallery; it was just up the street from some wonderful cafes and just a few metres from the beach. The building itself was tired, yes it was, but it was also full of character and quirks which she thought were terribly charming but also gave it an unpretentiousness that would help people relax and feel welcome. Importantly the light was good for showing the artwork, or it would be once a few modifications were made and she was certain that she had heard it whisper to her one day that it had quite enjoyed its heyday in the 50’s when it was a tea rooms and longed to be filled once again with peoples laughter and chatter.
Phone: +64 221 506 900