Since graduating from the Queensland College of Art in 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, I have been attracted to the unseen and undervalued beauty of the everyday. Artist Jeffrey Smart highlighted this attraction stating, "It's obvious a bunch of flowers… are beautiful, and I love natural beauty, but I am not moved by it... to me composition is everything". I choose to paint predominately from life, ‘en plein air’ rather than being alone in the studio. I find that when I'm outside I make better decisions about composition, colour, surface and tone. I have slowly moved away from literal depiction and into a style characterised by large impasto marks in oil paint, rich bursts of colours and the play of light and dark.
2013: QUT Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary Years)
2010 – 2012: Griffith University Bachelor of Fine Art Major Interdisciplinary Painting
Finalist - Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Art Gallery (Sydney)
Finalist - ANL Art Prize, The Mission To Seafarers (Melbourne)
Finalist - QLD Figurative, RQAS (Brisbane)
Commendation - Lethbridge 10,000, Lethbridge Gallery (Brisbane)
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Caboolture Regional Gallery
Solo Show (Title TBC), Jan Manton Art, Brisbane
First Impressions: The Valley Of Skies, Jan Manton Art, Brisbane
Keeping Afloat, St Cloche Gallery, Sydney
Marist Ashgrove Art Show, Marist College Ashgrove
From One Side To The Other, Jan Manton Art, Brisbane
New Horizons, Marist College Ashgrove
Creature of Habit, Jan Manton Art
Less Is More, Trinder Rd Art Gallery
Not To Scale, Bosz Gallery
From A Distance, Feather & Lawry Gallery
Relauch, Feather & Lawry Gallery
Tainted, Bosz Gallery
Small Works Xmas Show, Bosz Gallery
You Plus Another You, Woolloongabba Art Gallery
Provocations, RAW: Natural Born Artists