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The year began with a great start as my delayed solo exhibition "The Journey " at the new Manyung Art and Design space in Mornington opened In February (before another covid lockdown ). My new series of digital prints were also well received by selected galleries later in the year . The big news was my selection as finalist in the inaugural National Capital Art Prize in late July . I have been finalist in 9 national art awards over the years ......Its not about winning ! ( but actually is)
A new studio assistant ( rescue dog Angus ) arrived to keep me company and developed an interest in chewing brushes and stray paint tubes .A photo shoot for Daylesford Macedon Life resulted in a cover shot and editorial of my studio but sadly the pandemic kept the art loving public at bay !
In October I was thrilled to hear the news that I was winner of the NCAP landscape award and accepted this prize from the ACT Attorney General via an on line . award ceremony .Steady sales throughout the year despite lockdowns resulted in a busy schedule of exhibitions booked for 2022
After a devastating summer of bushfires it looked like a hectic and positive year ahead .I had committed to art fairs in Singapore and New York ,solo exhibitions in Victoria and commencement of the long awaited mural project in Melbourne .A month holiday in Sicily was planned to break up the continual deadlines .By March all had changed with a pandemic enfolding . It was nevertheless a very productive year with long silent months in isolation. My new studio was renovated and painted with an exterior mural. New digital images were inspired by past travel photos and sketch books . In November I found myself critically ill with pneumonia and heart failure and not expected to live ..........a rather dramatic and unexpected end to a year already full of nasty twists and turns !
2019 and before
there have been numerous highlights ,lowlights ,news stories ,successes and missed opportunities in a career that has spanned over 35 years .
Highlights in the past decade included gaining a Masters degree ( UNSW) after quitting full time work as a Sydney gallery dealer . An artist residency in Barcelona ( as part of this degree) followed later by my selection to attend Venice's premier printmaking workshop became lightbulb moments in restoring a career that can be like a roller coaster .
This decision to solely focus on my art practice came after 10 years of working in senior management roles in the printmaking and Aboriginal industries. They included Managing Director of Port Jackson Press Australia , Manager of Northern Editions at Charles Darwin University and Manager of the award winning Birrung Gallery in Sydney.. In my early career I had worked as coordinator of the Fine Arts department at the Council of Adult Education. and executive officer of the CAE art collection . During this period I also served on The Board of The Victorian Art Council ( 10 years ) and as government education advisor the HM Prison Pentridge ( 3 years ) All of these roles gave me unique exposure in to the Australian art world.
While I worked on inspiring projects and exhibitions involving many of Australia's most famous artists it was time to re-invent my own career which had thrived in the 1980's and 90's.. Highlights during that period included my first solo exhibition ( which was in Provence France ) a group exhibition in Rome , a solo exhibition in Zagreb and a touring exhibition through Hamburg, Dortmund and Wurtzburg in Germany . With this international exposure under my belt it was time to focus on my homeland .
Exhibitions at some of Australia's best galleries in Melbourne, Sydney , Brisbane , Hobart and Canberra followed with solo shows in Singapore and Honolulu ..During the 1990's I embarked on a number of exhibitions which incorporated the new medium of computer generated images . A group exhibition at The National Gallery of Victoria was a highlight of this period .
Parallel to this professional experience in the art world I have continued to study both full time and part time to enrich my knowledge of art history and new techniques in creating prints and paintings . .