Born in the early 1970s I grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. Nicknamed Jo or Joey by family and friends I spent my childhood roaming local beaches, rock pools, coves, and headlands. As a teenager, I frequented my parents' weekender in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales where I explored the local bushland on horseback and swam in creeks, dams, and waterholes. I also met a young man, Simon, who ten years later became my husband.
Undecided on country or coast living Simon and I tried both before settling in a small rural town in the hinterland of Sunshine Coast, Queensland. As Maleny fulfils our dream of a country lifestyle near the coast we live in the same home purchased twenty years ago when I was four months pregnant with our son, Darcy.
Like my coastal country life I have also lived a creative duality between paint and textiles. Throughout my career as an artist I have worked with and studied both mediums and continue to move between the two in my daily art practice. My work reflects my reverence and spiritual connection to nature. I wish for my work to act like a portal, for you - the viewer, to be transported to other-worldly places.
An avid life long learner and desire to be a consummate maker I have spent the majority of my life studying various things from floral arranging, millinery, soft sculpture, photography, eco-dyeing, micro-computing, even sign language! Too many workshops to mention them all but some watercolour ones include national and international watercolour artists; John Lovett, Anne Blockley, Jean Haines, Björn Bernström, and I travelled to Europe on an art study trip in 2013 and attended a workshop with Fabio Cembranelli.
Wanting to delve deeper in knowledge than what short courses and workshops can offer my formal education includes a Diploma in Textiles (2007) and a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) (2018). My degree took seven years of part time study to complete. I chipped away at it between work and family commitments. I spent my son’s school years studying fashion and art and in 2018 when he graduated high school I finally graduated university.
I was working as an art consultant for a local gallery when COVID hit and turned our world upside down. After spending lock down painting the interior of my home and studio it gave me a lot of time to reflect. I decided it was time to get back to being a professional artist.
For many years I have been interested in, and experienced in my art practice, the healing benefits of creating art. Having a strong desire to share these benefits and to be of service to others, in my spare time, I am studying transpersonal art therapy and will graduate early 2022.
Thank you for reading about me. I hope I was able to offer some personal insight and we can connect via my Newsletter or come say 'hi' on social media.
I respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present, and future. I acknowledge the stories, traditions, and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on this land and commit to building a brighter future together.