Abstract Artist/wire work sculpture, author/illustrator.
To succeed is good, to fail is not so bad but to never have had a go is the saddest thing.
I have created this site so that I can share my world of art and literature. Writing, painting, drawing and wire work are my life. I am a communicator and stories and art are my medium. Some books and paintings develop quickly, others take years. Looking back I can see a pattern but looking forward there is only an empty page or another blank canvas. The joy is in filling the pages and covering the canvases to see what is there.
Ideas come when I take the time to live life slowly and approach the world around me with an open mind. If you can see the stars at the end of the world they are not there.
I wrote my first published novel after the death of a beautiful welsh mountain pony called Chiko ridden by my daughter Hermine. My motivation was to write a horse and pony book that was unique to Western Australia; a book that the kids I had taught horse riding would easily relate to and enjoy. I was delighted when two of the books from the pony series won a children’s choice award.
All my life I have followed an invisible thread that leads me forward from writer, to artist ,to sculpture. The lines on a page have become lines on canvas and paper. Recently they have become lines in wire. The wire work is like drawing in the air, connecting lines both seen and unseen.
My art and books have won awards but the real reward is in the work itself. Art in all its forms creates change and the first person to change is the one who creates the work. The more work I create the more I learn to let go and listen.
My work explores the natural world and the complex layers of human relation. They need each other and I need them.
Most recently my painting ‘Still Life’ was Highly Commended in the 2015 South Perth Emerging Artist Exhibition and I was a finalist in this year’s prize.
Most of the original art work is available on the shop art page but sometimes it takes a while for it to make the move from my gallery. if you see something you like in the gallery please contact me to see if it is available. You can also visit my studio at Paper Bird children’s books and arts. I am happy to ship to anywhere in the world.