A former art teacher and Media and Communications lecturer with a PhD in literature, I rediscovered my love of painting following my retirement and began exhibiting my work in 2009. Working in acrylics, my style is characterised by minimalism, hard edge abstraction, vibrant colour and flowing line. My formative influences include the Post Impressionists; the simplicity and bold design of Japanese woodcuts and the organic, flowing line of Art Nouveau. I live on Phillip Island and the sea is a recurrent motif in my work, featuring in my recent series on migration. A five time finalist in the ANL Maritime Art Award, I am also a keen portraitist. I have been a finalist in the the Portia Geach Memorial Award; the Southern Buoy Portrait Prize and have featured twice in Hidden Faces: the Victorian Salon des Refuses. The recipient of a number of awards in the Gippsland region, I have held two solo exhibitions and participated in a number of group exhibitions in Melbourne and Gippsland.