My work is a reflection of my approach to life. Each piece is an adventure strewn with surprises: little worlds waiting to be explored.
I embrace adventure as a central part of my life and my making practice. My most recent experience involved relocating to the remote Dampier Peninsula 250 kms north of Broome to work at Australia's oldest operating South Sea Pearl Farm. My 4 Month time at Cygnet Bay allowed me to gain an in depth understanding and appreciation of the cultured pearling process and experience the incredible remote landscape of the Kimberley and world famous waterways of the King Sound.
In 2013 I crossed the Nullarbor to embrace desert life and work in the largest open pit gold mine in Australia. I worked as an 80 tonne dump truck driver, carting high grade ore from the pit to the ‘Crusher’ to begin the long process of being refined into gold. Understanding this process has imbued my practice with a strong sense of respect for my materials.
My desire for knowledge has been the driving force in my educational history. A BA in Fine Arts (Painting) at RMIT; MA Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne; Adv Dip in Engineering (Jewellery) at NMIT then back to RMIT to study another BA in Fine Arts, this time in Gold and Silversmithing and then a Cert 4 in Small Business Management also at RMIT., and finally a Cert IV in Training and Assessment.....which has lead me to teaching as part of the Jewellery and Object Design program at Melbourne Polytechnic TAFE in Melbourne. The perfect job for someone committed to the learning experience.
I love the making process as much as the final outcome and feel very fortunate to have found something in life that I get so much enjoyment out of. I hope you too find enjoyment in my work.