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Printing is my passion. I love making marks and images with objects and plates, using many techniques. Favourite methods involve photopolymer plates, and collagraphs, where the printing plate is essentially a collage.
An initial interest in science and biology can be seen in my artwork, along with the influence of a somewhat feral childhood along the Canning River, Western Australia.
I am strongly influenced by a love of the colours, forms, patterns and designs of plants, and by botanical illustrations.
I also explore abstraction, especially of botanical forms, sometimes through fragmentation of print editions and then collage.
Until my acquisition of a press in 2004, I initially focused on papermaking, fabric printing and batik, but since then my main focus has been on printmaking.
I was born in Holland in 1944 and immigrated to Western Australia in 1951. Art making came late in my life, and was not seriously thought about until 1995. In the interim I trained as a High School Science and Biology Teacher, graduating in 1965; married a geologist and accompanied him on the Nullarbor; studied little animals that live in caves for a Masters Degree (1981); raised a family; cruised for a while on a ferro-cement yacht; and lived for a bit in Indonesia, before going to art school in South Australia and Brisbane (graduating in 1998 and 1999). Printmaking and Textiles were my major focus at Art School.
After much moving from place to place, I have finally settled in Conondale, on the banks of the upper Mary River near Maleny, Qld., and since 2011 have established my studio there. I am a member of four artists’ groups - Dala Artists, a group of local Conondale artists, Maleny Printmakers, Peace of Green Artists' Collective in Maleny and Arts Connect Inc., where I am the Newsletter Editor. I runs workshops in various forms of printmaking, paper making, and textiles, but my major focus is on printmaking.