I grew up in Point Lonsdale. The ocean has been my muse since I was a child. At primary school, I was fascinated by the imaginary underwater world I created using Wash and Wax resist to paint bright fish and colourful seaweed. As I grew up, watching surfers at Back Beach, I wanted to paint the motion of the waves. A challenging proposition. Sitting at Front Beach one sunny day, I was hypnotised by the activity all around me; bright umbrellas, cheerful beach towels, people swimming and riding waves, while small boats and ships glided around in the distance. I wanted to express this joy of colour and movement. After studying and working in Melbourne, I returned home and painted t-shirts for the Queenscliff Market. My art became popular for tourism, marketing local businesses, Mornington Peninsula wineries, and local and state government. I exhibited at Blairgowrie for many years. In 2008 I commenced a residency in north Queensland. Tropical subjects are perfect for my vivid paintings. I continue to exhibit and teach interstate on a regular basis. Initially self-taught, I later studied art and design at The Gordon in Geelong with recognition of prior learning for my many exhibitions. In 2016, I accepted a three month residency in the Maldives. I’ve also participated in group exhibitions in London, Italy and France.