I feel so blessed to express myself through my wildlife portraits; to reach others through the beauty and innocence that shine from an animal’s eyes. It is this example of love that the world so desperately needs to re-connect with right now, to heal the fear and greed that is destroying our natural world.
Before I start, I take a momemt to connect with the animals and imagine being in their world - to listen to them so I can tell their story. With the utmost care I take my time to perfect each mark I make. This is my way of honouring and respecting them at the deepest level of my being. It’s a slow and deliberate process that unfolds one stroke at a time in either mixed media or scatchboard.
I believe these beautiful, peaceful beings are calling me to express that they are not just mere commodities; to be exploited, used or forgotten. Animals teach us how to live in perfect balance, how to be resilient and most importantly how to love unconditionally. That is what inspires me the most.
After the devastating bush fires in 2019 and early 2020 in my home country of Australia I was invited to participate in "100 Artworks for a Koala - Konservation Project" through non-profit organisation Living With Koalas. 100 Australian based artists will provide an original artwork relating to koalas. This is an auction led event on an international scale where funds generated will be used for awareness programmes and school visits as well as funding LWK koala food tree nurturing and planting programme. We are awaiting to hear when the event will be held once Covid restrictions have eased.