Tokyo, mixed media, pastel and collage
Ghana days, mixed media, acrylics and African cloth
Trying to remember all the rhythms...
Dreaming in colours
Just mucking around
Brighten your Corner
Brighten your Corner...
I am a self-taught artist who has been painting and drawing for over 30 years. I have worked mostly with pastels, acrylics and collage over the last ten years. My work tends to focus on landscapes and cityscapes from around the world. Through my paintings, I try to convey my feelings for places I love.
Experimenting with colours is a way of expressing emotions that often can’t be put into words. After spending a month in Ghana, drumming every day with amazing teachers, I wanted to express this overwhelming experience but could not even attempt a figurative representation. Using offcuts of Ghanaian fabrics and blending them into acrylic patterns was the perfect way to depict the vivid brightness of the world I had just experienced. I used origami paper and collage, mixed with pastels, to capture the busy Tokyo cityscapes. Painting mountains has been a link to my childhood and my family in Switzerland, reminding me of the amazing views I had as a child, with mountains almost in my backyard. Painting often takes me to unexpected places, and I just try to follow the ever changing direction of my work.
“Brighten your corner” is the motto on one of the pieces of African fabric I have used. I like to apply this to my art, as art truly is a way to brighten life. For me, it brightens all corners of my life (and our house…), as well as taking me into a meditative journey, where nothing else matters. When I paint, I feel happy.
I was born in Switzerland and studied to be a piano teacher at the Conservatorium of Fribourg. I came to Australia after meeting my future Australian husband in Ireland. Whilst living in Sydney for many years and teaching piano, I experimented with various art forms, such as watercolour, collage, illustration of children's books and silk painting. I have always been strongly attracted to all visual art forms and took up pastels after moving to Tasmania in 2005. Since then, I have consistently worked with a variety of media, initially hoping to express the vibrant and dramatic colours of the Tasmanian landscape, and then of other countries which I have visited or lived in. Mountains are amongst my favourite subjects, as well as water and clouds.
I had my work exhibited at the Peppercorn Gallery (Richmond) and at the Signal Station Brasserie (Hobart). I am constantly seeking new ways to experiment with art, doing workshops such as print making and mixed media. I love the process of drawing, painting and experimenting, enjoying this process as much as the result.