I am a passionate, Melbourne-based watercolour artist who also enjoys experimenting with other media, including acrylic, pastel, gouache, mixed media and montage pieces.
Working with a variety of media allows me to capture the essence of my subject, often varying from impressionist realism to adopting more abstract concepts that reveal the underlying structure of shape and form. I also enjoy sketching, and creating my own handmade paper for art pieces and travel journals.
For me, a strong passion for drawing and painting began during my childhood, when I inspired by my grandfather, the late Patrick Mallon, a talented artist who painted with the Tonal realists under Max Meldrum.
I have lived most of my life in the bayside suburbs of beautiful Melbourne. After completing my school years at Star of the Sea College in Brighton, I completed my Trained Secondary Teacher Certificate (TSTC - Arts and Craft) and later my Bachelor of Education in Art and Design at the former Melbourne State College (now University of Melbourne).
I then embarked on my career as a secondary school teacher, taking on positions at Star of the Sea College, Brighton; Genazzano College, Kew; and De La Salle College, Malvern. Over the years I have taught many aspects of art and textiles, and have always thrived on the youthful enthusiasm of my students.
My passion for landscape painting stems from my love of nature, and a deep appreciation of being outdoors and spending time bushwalking, canoeing, and cross country skiing.
During my secondary school years, a wonderful teacher – Sister Raymond Taylor – taught me to paint and introduced me to the works of J.M.W Turner, as well as the French and Australian Impressionists. Since then I have been drawn to the Impressionists’ wonderful use of light, and in particular, the works of John Singer Sergeant.
The two prevalent themes in my art works are Australia’s outback and coastal scenes.
My father’s family have strong ties to East Gippsland, and we have a holiday house and studio by the lake in the small coastal township of Lakes Entrance. I delight in sketching and painting the fishing boats and wharves of the town, as well as capturing the magical beaches and coastal scenes that surround it. This coastline is well known for its rapidly changing weather and light conditions.
Capturing light is an integral element, especially in demonstrating the interplay of light and shadow. The influence of the sun on the ambient light, and its effect on the subtlety and intensity of colour, are often highlighted in my pieces.
By comparison, my outback are often acutely abstracted, and are designed to reflect my unique interpretation of the landscape. These paintings evoke the subtle beauty of the colours, patterns and textures of the landscape. While the palette range is often reduced, I like to allow the rich hues and textures of the land to tell their story.
My travels overseas have taken me to many countries, and I have filled sketchbook journals with paintings and painted en-plein air in many wonderful locations. I have also been fortunate enough to visit some of the world’s most esteemed art galleries and collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the J. M. W. Turner collection at the Tate Gallery, London.
I find myself enticed by the endless pursuit to reach new heights in my creativity. As my studio beckons, my paints and easel await my next journey into the great unknown.
2018 East Gippsland Art Gallery - Bairnsdale
2014 Lakes Vic Gallery – Lakes Entrance, Victoria
2013 Cotham Gallery 101 – Kew, Victoria
2012 Lakes Vic Gallery – Lakes Entrance, Victoria
2008 AGRA Gallery – Camberwell, Victoria
2007 Wine Justice Gallery – Sandringham, Victoria
2001 Theatreworks Gallery – St Kilda, Victoria
2000 Theatreworks Gallery – St Kilda, Victoria
1999 Woodsedge Gallery – Lakes Entrance, Victoria
Annual and Group Exhibitions and Awards
2019 - Masters of Watercolour Exhibition, Pan Pacific Hotel
2019 - Glorious Gippsland Exhibition, Bairnsdale
Winner - Best Local Scene
2000 – 2019 Victorian Artists Society Exhibitions
Highly Commended, Autumn Exhibition 2018
Highly Commended, Spring Exhibition 2018
2010 – 2016 The ANL Maritime Exhibition, Mission to Seafarers
2007 – 2018 Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors (MSWPS) Annual Exhibition
Winner – Danks Trust Award (2018)
Highly commended award (2015)
Highly commended award (2013)
2002 – 2015 Pastel Society of Victoria Exhibition
1999 – 2018 Lakes Entrance Rotary Art Show
First prize in Watercolour and Works on Paper (2000, 2001, 2015)
Featured Artist (2007)
Highly commended award (2007)
Acquisitive prize winner (2001)
2007 – 2014 Australian Watercolour Society – Kenneth Jack Memorial Exhibition
Highly commended award (2011, 2012, and 2013)
2004 – 2013 Bayside Art Show
2007 – 2012 Nowa Nowa Nudes Exhibition
2006 – 2012 Mount Waverley Art Show
2002 – 2012 Camberwell Rotary Art Show
2000 – 2012 St Kevin’s Art Show
2009 – 2010 Strathcona Art Show
2009 – 2010 En Plein Air Competition Sandringham
Highly commended award (2010)
Second prize (2009)
2005 – 2010 Continental Hotel Sorrento Exhibition
Featured Artist (2008)
2009 Included in the MSWPS Centenary Book Publication
2009 Flinders Art Show
2008 Synergy Galleries Northcote
2008 – 2009 Melbourne Watercolour Show, Without Pier Gallery
2000 – 2004 Paynesville Apex Club Art Show
2002 Spinnaker Gallery Paynesville
1999 – 2002 Mentone Mordialloc Art Show
First prize in Watercolour (1999)
Victorian Artists Society
Watercolour Society of Victoria (Past Vice-President)
Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors (MSWPS)
Glen Eira Art Society
Contemporary Art Society of Victoria
Wilderness Coast Artists Society
Paper Arts Gippsland East