This is my first blog post.
After years of teaching Visual Communication Design at the University of Newcastle, I have spent the last 3 years creating lots of work and trying out different work options and in an effort to work out where I want to be. Illustration and painting are a passion so I have decided to focus on image making.
My intentions for this blog is to post info about my activities as I discover what it is to be a freelancer after having had a break from it for years and any useful info that is art and design related that I find along the way. I used to do this for my students so now you will be getting the benefit of my expertise.
I have always seen myself as an artist and last year I entered the Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize as I have exhibited one or two pieces in galleries often, I have not had my own show. I had been reading some material about working as a creative when deciding on what to enter and I recall hearing a podcast about remaining authentic to who you are and as I have been a big fan of still life, I decided to enter a still life painting, called “Bush Flowers and Blue Wren”. I made the cull and my work was displayed in the exhibition, and even appeared on NBN news. This painting will be in the exhibition too.
As a result of my entry into the Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize, I was asked by Ahn Wells if I would be interested in participating in an exhibition based on still life; my favourite genre and one of my favourite galleries, Gallery 139 at 139A Beaumont Street, Hamilton (not far from my office). I could not refuse this opportunity and the exhibition will be called Objects of Desire and is taking place from the 23rd February to Sunday 12th March, with the official opening on Saturday 25th February from 2PM-4PM. It will be a small group exhibition with 4 other Newcastle artists; Lydia Miller, Sally Behrens, Christina Frogley and Ritual Object.
If you are interested in seeing my work in progress while I prepare for the exhibition, there are previews on my Instagram and Facebook pages, or on the Instagram Feed page on my website. The exhibition details are in the attached invitation below. I would love to see you there and I am going to be participating in a Meet the Artist session on Saturday 4th March at the Gallery from 2PM to 4PM.