Welcome to my website. This was once used to write my ramblings and share photos but as my priorities have changed, it’s time for this to change too. Over the last 7 years, I’ve been on a different journey to one I ever thought I’d be on, being art. In 2013, as a result of writing on here, I went back to college to do photography so I could put interesting photos on here to punctuate my ramblings. Little did I know that my life would change so drastically as a result.
Suddenly, where once, I’d been using 1000 words to paint a picture, now I was able to take a photo and allow it to talk for me. More importantly, I was able to tell some stories that I’d hidden away from the world and indeed myself, because they were too hard to put into words. I found a part of myself that I thought was lost forever. I reconnected with my inner child through fairies, angels, mermaids and a variety of characters that made my childhood bearable.
I started using photography as my art medium but that has now expanded into sculpture, costuming, painting, music and all sorts of other fun stuff. Of course, writing is still a huge part of my life. Writing along with art has become my voice. I use it to tell my stories.
I had a different website for my art as I wanted to keep my art and my personal writing separate, but let’s be honest, they are both inextricably entwined. They are both me. So it’s time to put them together and show a few of my loves.
So a little about me:
A self proclaimed late bloomer and fairy-tale fanatic, I am an artist and storyteller, both in pictures and words. Heavily influenced by the colours, textures and romance of the Renaissance artists, I strive to bring the same ethereal beauty to my imagery. Just as every good fairy-tale has light and shade or evil and goodness, it is essential that even the darkest subjects should have a glimmer of hope to inspire and empower. “Once upon a time” and “Happily ever after” are words that influence every piece of art I create. I live with Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after several traumatic, life changing events and art has been the glue which has helped put me back together again. It has given me a voice again, after years of not being able to speak my truth. Fairy-tales are my safe space, just as they were when I was a child. Lewis Carroll is often attributed to saying, “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality”. And seriously, who could argue with that?
What I do: Artist, Writer, Photographer, Storyteller, Faerie Tale fanatic, Recycler of Stuff, Queen of my own Realm.
What I love to do: All of the above, plus going to garage sales, Socialising, Singing, Acting.
Location: Blue Mountains NSW Australia
Favorite Movies: Mainly chick flicks and Fairy Tales/Fantasy… Favorite chick flicks of all time are Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood, Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes, Peggy Sue Got Married, Mamma Mia (especially 2). Favourite fantasies are: The Little Mermaid, Toy Story (1,2&3), Tangled, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White… Oh who am I kidding.. I love them all.
Favorite Music: I’m a teenager of the 70’s so James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Janis Ian, Don McLean, Carly Simon.. but nowadays I tend to listen to more classical voices so Josh Groban, Michael Ball, Alfie Boe & the soundtrack to the greatest musical of all time, Les Miserables.
Favorite Books: The Magic Faraway Tree, Seven Little Australians, Little Women, anything by Monica McInerney, most autobiographies.
Favorite things: My children, Aimee (deceased), Lachlan & Stuart, and my bonus daughter Kirsty. I now have 2 beautiful daughters in law and 2 of the most precious granddaughters. Family is what matters.. Everything else is a delightful bonus.