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My sculptures seek to portray the character and beauty of the people in my world.

I have been influenced by two sculptors in particular, Constantin Brancusi and Henry Moore, and their work has inspired me to employ strong lines and subtle gestures to make my sculptures come alive.

I have worked in various mediums, including marble , but my appreciation of the beauty & timelessness of bronze, has resulted in my now working solely in this medium.


Personal details: born Victoria, educated at University of Melbourne & University of Qld.

Worked as a physiotherapist in own private practice for 25 years in Brisbane, Qld. Australia.

Art education : studied sculpture at Brisbane Institute of Art with Frank Lambert 1991-1993 and continued at his private classes 1993-2014.

Studied marble sculpting with Graham Radcliffe 1998-2000 Brisbane.

Studied marble sculpting with Italian sculptor Giovanni Balderi 2000

President Sculptors Qld 2015,2016

Vice President Sculptors Qld 2017,2018,2019,2020

Exhibitions Record:

Group exhibitions 1992 to 2022 in Brisbane and Melbourne, London 2003.

Solo exhibition Brisbane 2002, 2006, Sydney 2016, Sorrento Vic 2020 , Brisbane 2022

2018 Exhibition Wild Forms, Urban Paradise Gallery Brisbane.

2019 Sculptors Exposed Pine Rivers Art Gallery

2019 Qseven Sorrento, Vic

2020 Manyung Gallery Sorrento Women in Action solo exhibition

2020 Northshore Sculpture By The River, Brisbane

2021 A Brush With Sculpture Exhibition Mercedes Building, Brisbane

Collections: private collections in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, France, USA, UK, Belgium, HK, Shanghai.

Public Sculptures

Twenty four sculptures in the CBD of Maryborough, Qld, Australia.

Sculptures ˜Dingo Family and Platypus in forecourt of Hervey Bay Cultural Centre, Qld


2018 Finalist Montalto Sculpture Prize, Mornington Peninsula, Vic

2018 Winner of the Family Choice Award Montalto Sculpture Prize Vic

2018 Winner Brookfield Sculpture Exhibition

2018 Winner of the ˜Volunteers Choice Award Stanthorpe Art Prize

2018 Finalist Artentwine Sculpture Biennial Tas

2018 Royal Qld Exhibition 2nd prize Indoor Sculpture

2018 Royal Qld Exhibition 1st prize Outdoor Sculpture

2018 Winner Wynnum Manly Yacht Club Sculpture Exhibition

2018 Winner Peoples Choice Sculptors Qld Annual Exhibition

2019 Finalist Montalto Sculpture Prize, Mornington Peninsula Vic

2019 Brookfield Sculpture Exhibition 2nd prize

2019 Winner George Verine Memorial Prize, Sculptors Qld Annual Exhibition

2019 Winner 3D Award Somerset Bendigo Bank Art Award

2019 Royal Qld Exhibition 2nd prize Outdoor Sculpture

2019 Royal Qld Exhibition 2nd prize Representational Sculpture

2020 Finalist Montalto Sculpture Prize, Mornington Peninsula Vic Feb

2021 Brookfield Sculpture Exhibition 2nd prize

2021 Winner of 3D category Bundaberg Art Prize

2021 Finalist in Montalto Sculpture Prize, Mornington Peninsula Vic

Represented by:

Stony Creek Gallery, Daylesford , Vic, Australia

Salt Gallery, Queenscliff, Vic, Australia

Manyung Gallery Group, Sorrento, Vic, Australia

Montville Art Gallery, Qld, Australia

Soho Galleries, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Nissarana Galleries, Noosa Heads Qld, Australia

Moulton Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Artlovers Gallery, Southport, Qld, Australia

Henry Jones Design Gallery, Hobart, Tas, Australia

Van Gogh Gallery, Madrid, Spain

Galeria Azur, Berlin, Germany



My inspiration and love of people and animals is best expressed in my bronze sculptures.I enjoy the process of working in clay, with its sensual form of expression, which allows for different qualities of surface and line, negative space, motion and emotion.The sculpture finally cast in bronze has a unique strength and beauty, and allows the figures to disclose a certain tension and suggestion of movement while maintaining subtle expression.