I have held a strong desire to draw, sculpt and pursue artistic endeavours since I was a young child, always self motivated to create in many mediums.During my school years my favourite subjects were craft and art, although family pressures encouraged more academic subjects! I was smitten by paper machè, leatherwork and embossing, cane work and basketry, and spent many hours creating clay forms and vessels from the orchard dam nearby.
My tertiary education, training to become a kindergarten teacher, also gave me opportunity to pursue my creative desires. My favourite subject was art, particularly using clay for sculpture and ceramics. Inge King was an inspiration at that time. I was an avid reader of technical and biographical art books and often visited galleries and artist studios. In my career as a kindergarten teacher, my interest in art and creativity was expressed through the children in my groups. There was always a huge supply of clay, paint, paper, collage materials, sand, pebbles, water, along with construction toys, colourful books and dress ups.
From 1971 – 1976, whilst living in North Fitzroy, I occasionally attended night classes in ceramics under the guidance of ceramicist, Angela Ireland, who taught me some basics of hand and wheel thrown ceramics, and a little about glazing. Whilst raising four young children on a hobby farm in Ballarat from the 70’s to the late 80’s, there was little time for myself, but from time to time I puddled about with lumps of clay and coloured pencils, sculpting small figures of my children and drawing a few portraits.
In 1982 I was accepted at Ballarat University to study fine art, but was unable to take up the offer. I opted then to study some art subjects at the school of Mines and Industries, in Ballarat under the guidance of ceramicist, Neville French. With my family commitments, I was only able to study this course for one year part time.
In 1996, hungry in my pursuit of creativity, I enrolled again at the school of Mines Ballarat, SMB, for a course in sculpture under the guidance of sculptor and artist, Betty Collier. Here I learned the basics of welding, large clay sculpture, plaster modelling and life drawing. At a six week bronze casting course offered during the year, I made my first 30cm figure in bronze under the guidance of sculptors Peter Blizzard and Paul Blizzard. This filled me with enthusiasm to pursue figurative sculpture using clay, wax and ultimately bronze.
During the 1990’s my husband and I had begun making video documentaries and formed a group called Afgo Productions. I enjoyed the creativity of filming and editing and also creating the artwork for presentation. Our documentaries were in fact about artists from various genres- painters, actors and musicians. We are no longer involved in video production, but my interest in photography, film and editing is a valuable skill for my sculptural work.
The dynamic sculptures made by Peter Corlett appealed to me, and in 1997 I visited his studio, and was able to watch him sculpt on several occasions. He encouraged and inspired me to continue to pursue my passion for sculpture, and in 2004 I made a half sized female nude figure which was cast into bronze at meridian Foundry, Brunswick, Victoria.
In 2004/5, a trip to Italy with my husband for 12 months was the catalyst for my launch into sculpture. The fabulous art works and sculptures in every city and every corner of Italy have inspired me to continue to create my own pieces.
A new studio space at home allows me to pursue further art and sculptural works, along with annual 3-4 month residencies in Italy, seeking inspiration from a plethora of significant European works.
2004 Half sized female nude figure with hat, cast at Meridian Foundry, Brunswick, Victoria.
2005 Residence in Perugia, Italy – influenced by sculptors Massimo Pierucci and Bruno Orfei. Completed 2 life sized bronze busts, “John” and “La donna Africana”, and a small angel, “Antognolla angel”, cast at Fonderia Vulcanis, Monterubbiano, Le Marche, Italy.
2006 Australia, Fairhaven- Nude drawings charcoal, pen, conte, completed from live models, and later exhibited in Club Italia Art Gallery in Mercatale, Niccone Valley, Italy. Class teacher, artist, Mr Ray Woods.
2007 Residence in Perugia, Italy -influenced by sculptor Artemio Giovagnoni. Completed and cast 2 life sized bronze busts,”La donna Medioevale” and “La Contadina”, cast at Fonderia Vulcanis, Monterubbiano, Le Marche, Italy.
2007/2008 Australia, Fairhaven – Completed first life sized seated female figure, mentored by sculptor Peter Corlett. Cast at Meridian Foundry, Brunswick, Victoria.
2008 Residence in Perugia and Monterubbiano, Italy – influenced by sculptor Marcello Sforna of Assisi. Completed but not cast, one life sized female child holding a butterfly and life sized self portrait. Both moulds awaiting wax and fusion.
2010 Trip to Italy to bring back moulds for casting of Butterfly Girl at Meridian Foundry, Brunswick, Victoria. Life sized wax self Portrait not cast.
2011 Completed two bas relief sculptures 60cmx40cm featuring mother and child themes. Cast in reconstituted stone in Perugia Italy.
2012 Residence in Florence, Tuscany, Italy – commenced sculpture of ‘La ballerina piccola”, working at the Fonderia del Giudice alongside sculptors Roberto Barni, Adriano Bimbi, Leonardo Bossio, Alessandro Reggioli and other international sculptors.
2012 Completed “Umore Della Sera”, 65 cm nude female figure, and “piazza boys”, both cast in bronze at Fonderia del Giudice, Florence, Tuscany, Italy. BOTH SOLD.
2012 Residence in Perugia, Italy – “Head of a boy”, sculpted in terracotta clay, and fired at Colorobbia Studio, Deruta, Umbria, Italy.
2013 Residence in Florence Tuscany. Completion of “La ballerina piccola”, life sized female child figure in ballet pose, cast in bronze and patinated at Fonderia del Giudice, Florence, Tuscany, Italy.
2013 Completed four small sculptures, “gelato girls”, “seated boy”, “la donna Etrusca” and “Look at me!”, cast at Fonderia del Giudice, Florence, Tuscany, Italy.
2013 “ Falling Angel”, bas relief, life sized child, cast in aluminium and bronze at Fonderia del Giudice, Florence, Tuscany, Italy.
2013 Residence in Pietrasanta, Tuscany, Italy – completed small sculpture from Carrara marble, “Maternità”.
2014 Residence in Florence, Tuscany. Completed life sized “Bike Boy” , cast in bronze at Fonderia del Giudice, Florence, Tuscany, Italy.
2014 Completed mirror image of ‘Umore Della Sera”, cast in bronze at Fonderia del Giudice, Florence, Tuscany. SOLD
2014 Completed 2 nude female figures with drapes, 60cm.cast in bronze at Fonderia del Giudice, Florence, Tuscany.
2014 Completed “Bunny Cuddles” 3/4 sized girl with bunny, alongside sculptors Adriano Bimbi and Roberto Barni and others, cast in white resin at Fonderia del Giudice, Florence Tuscany.
2014 Residence in Pietrasanta completed two large bas relief sculptures “female back” in Carrara marble and “beach girl” in Portugese rose marble.
2014 Completed “Etruscan Bust”, cast in bronze at Fonderia del Giudice.
2015 Cast in plaster with gold leaf patina. Two limbs for table top as part of the Geelong Beer festival.
2015 Residence in Pietrasanta Italy. Small bas relief in Carrara statuary marble.
2016 Residency in Pietrasanta, Italy. Marble carving “the three sisters” in Carrara Statuary marble
2016 Residency in Florence, Italy. Completed in bronze, Small maquette for “After the swim”, two thirds size , three figures, “After the Swim”,”Boy with fish”, “Roman Relics”,” Pregnant Woman”, ” My favourite chair”, “Found Objects”, Three small elevated sculptures “Worry”,”Thinking”, “Launching”.
2017 Residency in Pietrasanta, Italy. Completed three “Primitive Heads” in Travertine Marble.
2017 Residency in Florence, Italy. Completed in bronze, “Seated female deco figure”, “What’s the point” five elevated sculptures on stainless steel mounts, “Equilibrista”, elevated sculpture on stainless steel mount, “Wild is love”, “And you know that I love you”, “Water play”, three small maquettes “The kiss”, “Spanish Dancer”, “Hanging about”.
2006 Nude drawings. Art Club Italia, Niccone Valley, Italy. Group exhibition.
2007 La Donna Medioevale. Gifted to Bar Medio Evo, Corso Vanucci, Perugia. Permanent exhibition.
2007 Nude drawings. Bar Medio Evo, Perugia, Italy. Exhibited with Ballarat artist Margaret Voterakis.
2008 Prize for sculpture exhibited for Surf Coast Shire Arts Calendar, La Donna Africana and included in the month of “December” 2008 edition.
2009 Life sized female figure exhibited at Qdos Arts, Lorne, Victoria. 2010 Life sized child figure exhibited at Qdos Arts, Lorne, Victoria.
2011 Prize for sculpture exhibited for Surf Coast Shire Calendar, Butterfly Girl, and included in the month of “July” 2011 edition.
2012 “Butterfly girl” in Play CC&K childcare Centre, Belmont, Geelong. Permanent exhibition.
2013 Prize for sculpture exhibited for Surf Coast Shire Arts Calendar “Holding onto Life” and included in the month of December 2013 edition.
2013 “La donna Etrusca”, Etruscan woman, 30cm. female figure, gifted to Bar Turreno, Perugia. Permanent exhibition.
2014 Group exhibition at “Wintergarden” Art and sculpture gallery, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
2014 Group exhibition Geelong Sculptors inc. at Geelong Town Hall, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
2015 Geelong Sculptors Inc. part of Pako Festa Geelong. Shop front exhibition of ‘seated boy’
2015 Geelong Sculptors Inc. Part of Beer Festival. Exhibition with Darren Matthews, ‘table limbs’
2016 Open Studio, Surf Coast Arts Trail.
2016 Geelong Sculptors Inc. Group exhibition “Wonderland” at Deakin Waterfront Campus, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
2016 Group exhibition at Wintergarden, Art and Sculpture gallery, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.
2016-17 Exhibited at Eagles Nest gallery, Aireys Inlet, Victoria, Australia
2017 Open Studio, Surf Coast Arts Trail.
2017 Prize for sculpture exhibited for Surf Coast Shire Arts calendar. “After the Swim”
2018 Finalist in Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, NSW.