Biography

Born in 1961, and raised on a farming property in Northern NSW, surrounded by bushland, encompassing gullies, waterfalls and rocky outcrops.

As a child, uncounted hours were spent exploring the landscape and collecting natural materials, and at school, I studied lapidary which helped to develop my interest and early skills for cutting and polishing stone.

Choosing hairdressing as a career has enabled me to continue working creatively, utilising hair and head shapes to design three dimensional forms and structures.

Naturally, hair styling complements my passion for rock carving and both bring continuous challenges and enjoyment.

I was able to return to my love of stone after moving to Bowral in 1990, having spent many years living both overseas and in Sydney.

In 1991 my carving of rocks began, working at Ken Raffe Studio in Bundanoon. NSW

In 1992 studied at Moss Vale TAFE a Diploma of creative Arts.

One of my creative privileges was to be invited to study rock carving under May Barrie at her Callemondah Studio.Calderwood NSW

May was a highly respected and renowned sculptor and being able to work alongside and under her tutelage, gave me inspiration, sharpened focus and creativity.

Sadly May passed away in 2014.

My own studio in the Joadja Valley is set amongst rugged outcrops, large skies, a river and surrounded by wonderful bush, which provides inspiration personally and  for my works.

My creative energy flows when working with rock as it reflects my own personality; strong but with some fragility and forever looking at space, colour and strength in life.

I have been fortunate in sharing my passion for rock carving and have exhibited with the following…

2018 Private Commissions
2017 Materialise – Sturt Gallery
2016 Solo exhibition Bowral District Art Society
2016 BDAS Sculptural Prize
2014 Art Feast – Berrima Public School
2013 Southern Highlands Art Trail – Harman Studio Burrawang
2013 May Barrie Calemondah Studio Calderwood
2012 May Barrie Calemondah Studio Calderwood
2005 Can Assist – Berrima District Art Society
2003 Sculpture Prize – Berrima District Art Society
2003 Milk Factory Gallery Collaboration
1999 Open Gardens Meryla
Pre ’99 Private and corporate commissions