“Entwined” is my most recent artwork. Featuring the sulphur crested cockatoo, paper daisies, banksias, flannel flowers, flowering gums and a lizard, this is my first “visual tapestry”. taking inspiration from Botanical artists from days gone by including Ellis Rowan, Edward Minchen and William Morris.
The weaving of tapestries can be traced back to ancient civilisation, but their popularity surged in the middle ages. Considered a luxury item, they were often commissioned by the Church, the wealthy and royalty in Europe. Today there is a resurgence in the medium. My concept of photographic tapestries is a contemporary take on an old art form, and something that I have not seen elsewhere. While my works are not woven, they visually weave a picture of this incredible world of Australian Native Flora and Fauna; a world that I invite the viewer to immerse themselves in, reflect on and honour.
This artwork was a finalist in “The Little Things Art Prize”, won Gold in the 2019 Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA)vand is a current Finalist in the Australian Photography Awards APA (top 5).
A day in the life of the Lorikeet.
Recently, this artwork won Gold at the Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA) 2019.
The creation of I’ll Fly Away was a labour of love. This was the first artwork in my “Grow Where You Are Planted” series.
The loss of a parent is always a good opportunity to reflect on one’s own life. While never using the expression “Grow Where You Are Planted”, my parents lived this concept. Raising six children to be curious, to embrace other cultures, to be a travellers and not tourists, they gave us wings to fly. When I married someone from the other side of the world, and relocated permanently, they embraced him and my life. Never once was I made to feel guilty. As a parent to three beautiful children myself, I secretly cross my fingers behind my back that they do not do the same, but also know that we have encouraged them to be global citizens. I’ll Fly Away started my “Grow Where You Are Planted” series and is a tribute to both of my parents.
My father, who was in California, passed away in July last year (2018). The morning I received the news from my mom, I went for a bushwalk with my husband to reflect. Suddenly, we were surrounded by Lorikeets and my heart filled with a certain familiarity and awe that I had not felt before. This was my dad’s way of letting me know that he was still present. Of course it was. My dad loved Lorikeets and on his last visit to Australia, he was bitten by one. He had this way of being bitten by the most unlikely animals. It was a family joke. My dad was never going to be ready to leave this world and this was his way of ensuring that this joke lived on.
The process of creating this piece was therapeutic, because in the end, love is the greatest of all healers. I started with the Lorikeet, and kept that as the focal point of the piece. It is the only element that is in full colour. In the rest of the artwork, I am working with muted tones. Little by little I added other birds, all of which mate for life…I love that symbolism; the Powerful Owls, the Kookaburras, the Galahs, the Tawny Frogmouths and the Sulphur Crested Cockatoos. I photographed all of these birds in Sydney. As in life and in my lorikeet experience, the more one opens their eyes and minds, the more one sees. I wanted that to be reflected in this piece. All of the flora and fauna is native to Australia. The work is comprised of over 80 images taken by me in the past year. I use my camera as a tool to capture the images, then with editing software, I carefully dissect the images, selecting only that which I want to remain visible.
The last element to be added to my composition was the flock of cockatoos flying away. Fittingly, at my father’s memorial service, we sang the touching spiritual “I’ll Fly Away”, his favourite.
Winner of Gold Award at 2018 Australian Professional Photography Awards and selected to represent Australia in the 2019 World Photographic Cup.
This artwork was created for my 2016 Exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee.
It was fun when the artwork was purchased by the British Rock Star, Peter Frampton.
Commissioned by a member of the McIlhenny Family of the Tabasco Dynasty, this piece was created after spending a few days on Avery Island, Louisiana in 2017. Printable in high resolution at 3 metres wide.
Large scale artwork featuring the flannel flower.
Large scale artwork featuring the flowering gum.
A current work grasping with the reality of climate change.
The adorable Tawny Frogmouth, native to Australia.