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ABOUT

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I acknowledge the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the land I live and work on and their deep feelings of attachment and relationship to country.  I pay my respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Exploring a diverse mix of interests has always come naturally to me.   

Based in Prospect, the suburb I grew up in, I now apply that diversity to my working life. As well as being a professional artist I also operate Kontroller by JP,  a consulting business dedicated to supporting a wide range of clients as they navigate major projects.

I studied a Bachelor of Business (Management) when I left school and started working at the age of 18.  Ten years later, in 2002 I was felt the need to pursue my creativity and enrolled at the Adelaide Central School of Art (ACSA).

After  gaining my Associate Degree in Visual Art and leaving  ACSA in 2008, I focussed on my preferred style and medium - tonal realist oil painting.  Over the years I have explored different themes, including still life, landscape, portraiture, flowers and dogs. 

Flowers in their natural environment have emerged as my favourite subject matter.  I'm drawn to bright colours and love the challenge of translating photographic elements, both the macro details and the blurred backgrounds, to oil on canvas.   

I love the inspiration that my garden gives me.  I've lived in my home for nearly 25 years and in 2020 a purpose-built north facing studio with landscaping was completed. The garden is positioned between the living and kitchen space in my house and my studio.  I love adding more flowering plants and am constantly photographing the flowers and for my next painting.

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Education

2007    Associate Degree in Visual Art, Adelaide Central School of Art, Norwood

1997    Bachelor of Management,  University of South Australia, Adelaide

Accolades

2022    Finalist, Kennedy Art Prize  

            Finalist, Omnia Art Prize

2021    Public Art Grant, City of Prospect

2017    Finalist, Emma Hack Art Prize

2013    Finalist, City of Whyalla Art Prize

2012    First Prize, Bald Clanger Portrait Prize, Grace Emily Hotel

            First Prize, Adelaide Cathedral Art Show 

2010    Emerging Artist Prize, SA Life/Loreto Spring Art  

2008    Commission Award, Baulderstone Hornibrook/Helpmann Academy  

            Finalist, CIBO/Loreto Spring Art Emerging Artist Prize 

2007    First Prize, Adelaide Cathedral Art Show 

            Grant, Helpmann Academy 

            Scholarship, Adelaide Central School of Art (ACSA)

2006    Commission Prize, Exeter Hotel/ACSA          

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Press 

2023    Offerings from my Garden, Fleurieu Living Magazine, Spring 2023

2021    Transforming stobie poles from drab to fab, Your Prospect, Summer 2022

2010    In bloom, SA Life, July 2010 

2008    An exploration of life during SALA Festival, Standard Messenger, 23 July 2008

            Authentic Exhibition, Update Arts Magazine, Issue 60, June - August 2008

2007    Art Fair Opportunities, Update Arts Magazine, Issue 57, September - November 2007

            Marketing Gurus, Eastern Courier Messenger, 15 August 2007

            Creative Leanings, Adelaide Matters, 14 August 2007

            Reverie, Artdate, Issue 80, April - May 2007

2006    West end a gallery, The Advertiser, 5 December 2006

            Art meets West End, Update Arts Magazine, Issue 54, December 2006 - February 2007

            Cheers for Art Prize, Adelaide City Messenger, 9 March 2006

     

         

Selected Exhibitions

2023    Offerings from my Garden, Gitanjali, Walkerville

            Solar Art Prize, Royal South Australian Society of Arts, Adelaide

2022    Spring on the Strand, The Strand Gallery, Port Elliot

            Loreto Spring Art, Loreto College, Marryatville

            Kennedy Art Prize, Royal South Australian Society of Arts, Adelaide

            Omnia Art Prize, St Kevin's College, Toorak

2021    The Girls are Back in Town, The Strand Gallery, Port Elliot

            Open Studio Exhibition, SALA Solo Show, Prospect

            Melbourne Street Open Air Gallery Art Trail, North Adelaide

2020    Limited Access, SALA Group Show, Calvary Hospital, North Adelaide

            Blurry Botanicals, The Strand Gallery, Port Elliot

2019    Loreto Spring Art, Loreto College, Marryatville

            Saatchi The Other Art Fair, Melbourne

2018    Loreto Spring Art, Loreto College, Marryatville

            Bloom Group exhibition, Art Bar, Adelaide

2017    Adelaide Cathedral Art Show, St Peter's Cathedral, North Adelaide

            Sit, Drop, Play Solo Show, WOTSO WorkSpace, Adelaide   

            Emma Hack Art Prize Exhibition, Burnside Village

2016    Small Works, Worth Gallery, Kent Town

            Adelaide Cathedral Art Show, St Peter's Cathedral, North Adelaide

            The Kensington Kollection, Kensington Hotel, Kensington

2015    Goodwood Pop Up Gallery, Goodwood

            Adelaide Cathedral Art Show, St Peter's Cathedral, North Adelaide   

2014    Perpetual Journey, The British Hotel, North Adelaide

            Birds & Blossom, Gallery on Waymouth, Adelaide

2013    Goodwood Pop Up Gallery, Goodwood

            City of Whyalla Art Prize, Whyalla

2012    Bald Clanger Portrait Prize, Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide

            Adelaide Cathedral Art Show, St Peter's Cathedral, North Adelaide 

            Flourish, Worth Gallery, Fisher Jeffries, Adelaide

2011    Hanami, Solo Show, Kensington Gallery, Norwood 

2010    SA Life Emerging Artist with Spring Art, Lion Hotel, North Adelaide  

            Summer Exhibition, Max Dawn Gallery, Torrensville 

2009    Bald Clanger Portrait Prize, Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide

            Adelaide Cathedral Art Show, St Peter's Cathedral, North Adelaide 

            Loreto Spring Art, Loreto College, Marryatville 

            Saint Ignatius Art Show, St Ignatius College, Norwood 

            Princes Contemporary Art Show, Prince Alfred College, Kent Town 

            Art Inq show, The Robin Hood Hotel, Norwood 

2008    Bald Clanger Portrait Prize, Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide 

            Adelaide Cathedral Art Show, St Peter's Cathedral, North Adelaide 

            Authentic, Poulson & Profanter Studio, Prospect 

2007    Out from the Crowd, Artistic License Gallery, North Adelaide 

            Reverie, Tin Cat Cafe Restaurant & Gallery, Kent Town 

            Art West Series 2, Phat Coffee, Adelaide 

2006    ab5, Flightpath Architects, Adelaide 

            Remnants:surviving traces, Tin Cat Cafe Restaurant & Gallery, Kent Town 

2005    Flutterby, Adelaide Central School of Art Student Gallery, Norwood 

            Frenzy, Port Dock Brewery, Port Adelaide 

         

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