I first started painting in 1996 when I enrolled in a casual course at the local community centre. At the time I was lucky enough to be able to give up my job because my husband had a good job with Ansett (those were the days). I decided I needed some hobbies to fill in my time so I chose tennis and painting.
Over the years I had taken many photos of all the places we had been and I always felt that the photos (my shots anyway) never did justice to the beauty of the image I was trying to capture. So I thought that if I could paint them, I might be able to recreate the feeling of these wonderful places.
Anyway it turned out that I had quite a knack for it so my teacher, a very talented artist named Janey Emery, encouraged me to start exhibiting my work, which I did. I cannot describe for you the thrill I got from my first sale, which happened on about my third attempt. The painting was called Forest Walk. (see it in The Early Days Gallery) It was my first original painting that I had deemed worthy of framing and it sold for $175 at the Harvey Art Prize in Western Australia in 1997. I’ll never forget because it was my birthday that weekend and you could not wipe the smile off my face.
From that time on, I was hooked.