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About me

She / Her

Artist and Student


St Kilda, Melbourne / Naarm, Australia

​I am a visual artist living, studying, and practising in Melbourne / Naarm.

The whole thing started with a dusty dilapidated cardboard box at the back of the cupboard under the stairs. It almost went straight into the skip, but B had had dementia and we’d already found a roll of cash in a biscuit tin under the bed; a bracelet in the pantry; so, we felt obliged to check. And there it was. A beautiful photo of a beautiful person from a time long past; in a place we didn’t know, taken by who knows whom. Her calm intelligent face was turned to one side. In her own world of quiet contemplation, what was it that she’d been thinking?

This moment was the genesis of my art practice. A found photo of my beloved mother-in-law in a pink dress on a green lawn on a perfect English summer day. I felt compelled to paint it. At the time, I didn’t know how to paint, so I had to learn, allowing myself the time to ponder what the back story of the photo might have been.

My current work explores the relationship between painting and photography, centred around my fascination with the way a photograph, as Susan Sontag wrote, “is both a pseudo-presence and a token of absence”; providing connection to a past or longed for reality. Family archives remain a key starting point, investigating the fallibility and subjectivity of memory, the ability of imagery from a particular period to trigger a stream of recollection and nostalgia, and the way our imagination attempts to fill in gaps of knowledge. Recently my work has expanded to draw from contemporary photographs with the subject looking to one side or seen from behind. Depicted with an averted gaze, the figure is introspective, inviting the viewer to merge with and interpret their state of mind.  I’m interested in translating the ambiguity of these photos into a painting to construct a new space that provides an opportunity for pause and contemplation by the viewer.

Photographs are inherently time-stamped by the technology of their making and the details captured, while time becomes embedded in a painting by the slow and contemplative process of making it with traditional materials. Thus, these paintings speak to the entwined histories of painting, portraiture and photography, operating in a space between where the reality of a point in time is depicted and imagined narrative enabled.

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Education in Art

2022 - current

Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) - RMIT University

2020 - 2021

Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts - RMIT University

2018 - 2019

Diploma of Visual Arts - RMIT University

2016 - 2017

Short courses in Drawing, Painting Techniques and Contemporary Painting - Victorian College of the Arts




Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize - Finalist

Linden Postcard Show - Member for Albert Park Award

Group Exhibitions 





2021 - 2016



2017, 2016

Bayside Acquisitive Art Prize Exhibition, Bayside Gallery

SMALL!, fortyfivedownstairs

A morphous, RMIT University

Pending Postponement - graduate exhibition, RMIT University

Linden Postcard Show, Linden New Art

Immanence, RMIT University

Victorian College of the Arts -  short course end of year exhibitions


Various private collections, local, interstate, and in Germany and the United Kingdom

To contact me: please use the email address below or complete the form on the Contact me page

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