BORN 1965, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA. LIVING IN MYSTIC, CONNECTICUT.

SINCE CHILDHOOD, THE SENSE OF ART FOR ME WAS BORN OUT OF MY IMMEDIATE SURROUNDINGS, CIRCULATING IN A CAREFREE WORLD. AN UNENDING CURIOSITY WITH DELICATE PATTERNS IN NATURE; THE SUBTLE COLORS IN THE AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPE FLEETING PAST THE CAR WINDOW; ENDLESS STUDIES OF THE POOL WATER SWIRLING AND LAPPING AFTER DIVING IN, AND THEN DIFFUSING IMMEDIATELY ON THE AGGREGATE BY THE HOTTEST SUN. CATCHING THE SHARP SHADOWS CAST ON BUILDINGS, ENTRANCED BY THE FINE MECHANISMS WITHIN AN UNFOLDING FLOWER, AND EXPLORING THE DERELICT BACK ALLEYS ALONG THE DAY-LONG JOURNEYS UPON MY BIKE HAVE ALL BEEN STORED AWAY FOR FUTURE REFERENCE. SHAPES AND FORMS, BOLD AND MUTED COLORS LAYING SIDE BY SIDE, TEXTURE, AND MOOD ALL EVOKE A STATE OF WONDER FOR ME.

 

HATCHING IDEAS AND CREATING ANYTHING WITH MY HANDS OFFERS ME COMPLETE SATISFACTION AND THUS AN INTERNAL FORCE TO FURTHER LEARN AND EXPERIMENT. MY EYES ARE FOREVER ON THE LOOKOUT FOR SOMETHING NEW AND INSPIRING.  

I BEGAN STUDYING INTERIOR DESIGN IN AUSTRALIA BEFORE LEAVING FOR THE U.S. I AM A SELF-TAUGHT ARTIST WITH THE ENHANCEMENT OF SEVERAL PAINTING CLASSES OVER THE YEARS. THE VISUAL ARTS, BRUTALIST ARCHITECTURE, AND MID-CENTURY DESIGN ARE SOME OF MY CORE INTERESTS. 

 

EXPERIMENTING IN OIL PAINT AND PASTEL OVER TIME HAS LED ME TO EXPLORE ACRYLIC PAINTING WHICH I WOULD CONSIDER MY FAVORITE MEDIUM.

 

AFTER WORKING AS ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR AT THE MYSTIC ART ASSOCIATION FOR 12 YEARS, I BEGAN INSTALLING THEIR SCHEDULE OF EXHIBITIONS FOR JUST OVER 10 YEARS. I AM CURRENTLY ENJOYING MY POSITION OF 5 YEARS AS DIRECTOR OF THE CONNECTICUT ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS.

 

HAVING THE CLOSE CONNECTION TO THE ART WORLD GIVES ME THE CONSTANT INSPIRATION TO DREAM AND FULFILL MY URGE TO PAINT AND CREATE.

EXHIBITIONS

2021

77TH ANNUAL CONNECTICUT ARTISTS JURIED EXHIBITION

SLATER MEMORIAL MUSEUM

OVERPASS, MIXED MEDIA (HONORABLE MENTION)

LUNCH HOUR, MIXED MEDIA

 

CAFA+ MEMBERS

CONNECTICUT ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS, VIRTUAL

HOYA, MIXED MEDIA

 

2018

CONNECTICUT ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS 107TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION

MYSTIC MUSEUM OF ART

SUNDAY, ACRYLIC

ELECTED ARTIST SHOW

MYSTIC MUSEUM OF ART

THE WEIGHT OF YOU, MIXED MEDIA

62ND REGIONAL SHOW

MYSTIC MUSEUM OF ART

PLAYGROUND, ACRYLIC

RIDE, ACRYLIC

2017

CONNECTICUT ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS 106TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION

MYSTIC MUSEUM OF ART

LOT B, MIXED MEDIA

2016

CONNECTICUT ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS 105TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION

MYSTIC MUSEUM OF ART

UNDERCOVER, ACRYLIC

ELECTED ARTIST SHOW

MYSTIC MUSEUM OF ART

FURTHER AWAY, ACRYLIC

2015

ELECTED ARTIST SHOW

MYSTIC MUSEUM OF ART

FOR LUNCH, ACRYLIC

2014

ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBITION

MYSTIC ARTS CENTER

BLUE BLOOM, ACRYLIC

58TH REGIONAL SHOW

MYSTIC ARTS CENTER

WIRES, ACRYLIC

TEN PAST SEVEN, ACRYLIC

2012

PHOTO SHOW 34

MYSTIC ARTS CENTER

ABYSS, PHOTOGRAPHY

AFTERNOON, PHOTOGRAPHY

2010

MEMBERS EXHIBITION

MYSTIC ARTS CENTER

HIDDEN TREE, MIXED MEDIA

ELECTED ARTIST EXHIBITION

MYSTIC ARTS CENTER

THE SEED, MIXED MEDIA

2009

REVEALING INTERIORS JURIED THEME SHOW

MYSTIC ARTS CENTER

DAILY DOUBLE, MIXED MEDIA (HONORABLE MENTION)

ELECTED ARTIST SHOW

MYSTIC ARTS CENTER

UNTITLED, MIXED MEDIA

2008

ANNUAL MEMBERS' SHOW

MYSTIC ARTS CENTER

BLUE CUP, ACRYLIC

2007

RED WHITE AND BLACK OPEN JURIED SHOW

MYSTIC ARTS CENTER

WE WERE THERE YESTERDAY, ACRYLIC

MAY, MIXED MEDIA

ELECTED ARTIST SHOW

MYSTIC ARTS CENTER

DEAD OF WINTER, ACRYLIC

2006

ELECTED ARTIST SHOW

MYSTIC ARTS CENTER

LITTLE BIG CITY, ACRYLIC

HIP TO BE SQUARE

MYSTIC ARTS CENTER

COFFEE NORMAN?, ACRYLIC (HONORABLE MENTION)

MOD POD, ACRYLIC

ANNUAL MEMBERS' SHOW

MYSTIC ARTS CENTER

WATTLE, ACRYLIC

2005

CONNECTICUT ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS 94TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION

MYSTIC ARTS CENTER

IN KEN'S ROOM, ACRYLIC

CABIN FEVER JURIED THEME SHOW

MYSTIC ARTS CENTER

FIVE DAYS AGO, ACRYLIC (HONORABLE MENTION)

ANNUAL MEMBERS' SHOW

MYSTIC ARTS CENTER

LOUNGE, ACRYLIC

2004

48TH REGIONAL SHOW

MYSTIC ARTS CENTER

BOILING POINT, ACRYLIC

ELECTED ARTIST SHOW

MYSTIC ARTS CENTER

UNTITLED, ACRYLIC

CONNECTICUT ARTISTS EXHIBITION

SLATER MUSEUM

STUDIO, ACRYLIC (HONORABLE MENTION)

2003

47TH REGIONAL SHOW

MYSTIC ART ASSOCIATION

YALLINGUP, ON THE AUSTRALIAN COAST, ACRYLIC

1995

MEMBERS SHOW

MYSTIC ART ASSOCIATION

HALEY FARM, PASTEL

1994

SPIRIT OF THE NIGHT JURIED THEME SHOW

MYSTIC ART ASSOCIATION

NIGHT CRUISE, PASTEL

1992

73RD NATIONAL EXHIBITION

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS

SPRINGFIELD ART LEAGUE

THE SHIRT, PASTEL

GROUP SHOWS

2003

WATER STREET CAFE

STONINGTON, CT

THE HOLLOW

MYSTIC, CT

2002

NORWICH ARTS COUNCIL

NORWICH, CT

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