The memory of the moment, the crunch of my feet on the ground, the tangle of growth, and the expansive views, the individuality of each tree, the morning light, the purple sky caused by the yellow of the land still in my eye, remembered colours and the joy of being there.
"Subject matters most, the experience, the light, sounds, colours, the experience of being there, is invaluable. "
Why I work
Our art history is inspirational and the love of art making and originality remains a constant.
What I believe
Having fun and enjoying the process without fear makes for a great working day.Integrity and honesty seems an absolute essential in the making of great art.
2018 Graduated MA Faculty Art & Design UNSW NSW
2018 Invited to teach a Plein air workshop by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery NSW
2018 The Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize. S.H. Ervin Sydney NSW
2018 Pre-selected The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
2018 The Wynn Prize Salon des Refuses SH Erwin Gallery Sydney NSW
2017-18The BP Portrait Prize National Portrait Gallery London, touring to:
Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Art Gallery Exeter, Scottish National Portrait Gallery,Edinburgh, Scotland & Sunderland Museum, and Winter Gardens England.
2017Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize S.H. Ervin Gallery Sydney NSW
2017 The Calleen Art Prize Cowra Regional Art Gallery Cowra NSW
2016The Black Swan Portrait Prize Western Australia Art Gallery Perth WA
2016The Archibald Portrait Prize Art Gallery New South Wales Sydney NSW
2015Pre-selected The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
2015 The Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize. (2 works exhibited) S.H. Ervin Sydney
2015Glencoe Percival Portrait Prize Tucker Regional Gallery Townsville Qld.
2014The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Juniper Hall Paddington Sydney NSW
2013 The Doug Moran Portrait Prize Juniper Hall Paddington Sydney NSW
2013 The Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize S.H. Ervin Gallery Sydney NSW
2012 Multi-cultural Exhibition State Parliament House Sydney NSW
2012 Preselected: The Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
2010Waverley Art Prize Exhibition Waverley Art School Bondi Sydney NSW
2010 Archibald Salon des Refuses S.H. Ervin Gallery & The Tweed Regional Gallery NSW
2010 Face - Exhibition MLC Gallery Sydney NSW
2009 Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize S.H. Ervin Gallery Sydney NSW
2009 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize State Library Sydney NSW
2009 ANL Marine Art Prize Exhibition Melbourne Victoria
2009 Kudos International Art Prize
2009 Unsung Hero’s Exhibition Presidents Gallery Parliament House Canberra
2009 Blake Art Prize for Religious Painting Exhibition NAS Gallery Sydney NSW
2008 Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Prize S.H. Ervin Gallery Sydney NSW
2008 Members of Parliament Exhibition State Parliament House Sydney NSW
2008 Mosman Art Prize Exhibition Sydney NSW
Selected Reviews - John McDonald SMH – 2010 Archibald, Wynn, Suliman,
Salon des Refuses
Marina Vaizey The Sunday Times – 181 British Travelling Exhibition Tolly Cobbold
Portrait Artists Australia 2014 - The10-Year Anniversary Book.
National Portrait Gallery Magazine: “Portrait”.
Collections- National Portrait Gallery Canberra
The Cowra Regional Art Gallery Cowra NSW
The Westmead Children’s Hospital Art Collection Sydney NSW
Private collections: Australia, Asia, Europe & USA.
2010-18Advisory Board Member: The Corrilee Foundation Trust.
2012 Board Member: Waverley Woollahra Art School Bondi NSW
2007-10Advisory Board Member: ASCA Sydney NSW
1995-2010Part time lecturer: Visual Communication, Dept Ind, FBE UNSW NSW
1987-2010Co founder & Chairperson Davies Davies Design Consultants Pty Ltd Sydney
Moved to Sydney 1983. Became an Australian citizen 2008.
1983 Selected to represent Ireland in: The Cleveland International Drawing Biennial House of Commons London England
1982 British Drawing Exhibition: The Hayward Gallery London
1980-83 Group exhibitions including: The Campden Arts Institute London
1981 Tolly Cobbold British travelling exhibition at: The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge
England, Christchurch Mansion Ipswich England, Castle Museum Norwich England,
Institute of Contemporary Art London England & The Mappin Art Gallery Sheffield England
1976-1980 The Byam Shaw School of Art, London LDAD DFA.
Subsumed into Central St Martins - London University Group
1976-80 Awarded annual education grants from the: Inner London Education Authority
1976 Awarded The Byam Shaw Scholarship
1980 Awarded: The British Foundation Institute Award The Royal Academy of Art London.