Last month, I had a fantastic opportunity to design an 8-metre wide artwork for The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre entrance staircase. The brief was 'the artwork should enliven and enhance the urban streetscape surrounding the Cultural Centre' and my idea was to create a painting that featured a native bird to the Blue Mountains combined with expressive abstract brush strokes in a similar way to my Freedom series.


We decided on a female satin bowerbird, they are a beautiful olive green and pale yellow with purple/blue eyes and I have deliberately enhanced the colours here to show her off in all her glory.


Here I am with the finished artwork, titled 'Bound for a Bower' and installed as panels on the stairs. If you are in the area, come check it out!


I also made a 2-min time lapse video showing a behind the scenes view into the process. Turn the sound on to enjoy some relaxing Bach music while you watch.



Thanks to Chris Farrell Nature Photography for the reference photo of the bird.

I was recently commissioned to paint this large custom size canvas of a flying sulphur crested cockatoo - here's a time lapse video I made of the process. Thanks to Art Lovers Australia and the amazing Susan for this commission – it was an absolute pleasure to paint.



What an amazing 4 days I had at The Other Art Fair! Thank you to everyone who bought my art – your support really does mean the world to me. And thanks to everyone who came to visit, for the chats, the laughs, to my amazing artist neighbours who helped keep each other going over the long 4 days. This was the first time I exhibited my new Freedom series of paintings, and it was so encouraging to get such good feedback from everyone. My art practice is a journey of self discovery that will just keep on unfolding and I'm excited to continue to paint more.


These originals are available for sale here


Feel free to get in touch if you had any questions about any of these pieces, and if you are local, you are welcome to come and visit my studio to see them in real life. I love hearing from you, so don't be shy!



Photo by Jodie Barker

Photo by Jodie Barker

Photo by Jodie Barker

'Summer' sold on opening night. Photo by Jodie Barker

Photo by Jodie Barker

My friend Joi and her colourful, quirky art!



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