My art practice is 25 years young and involves drawing, painting and lately, some sculpture.


I think the privilege and burden to make something of what I see and share it with others, has grown in urgency in more recent times. In these uncertain days I hope to make work that demonstrate that beauty, grace and truth continue. I am searching for ways to talk about these themes using gentle, offbeat narratives and a crisp aesthetic.

Paradox is truth standing on her head trying to get attention  G.K. Chesterton



Bachelor of Fine Art, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia.


Solo Exhibitions

2015                         Vogels en Dingen, Lorraine Pilgrim, Southport, QLD

2014                         Objects and Ornithology. Tweed Regional Gallery, NSW

2013                         Recovery- The Flood Objects Project.  Ipswich Art Gallery, Ipswich,Qld.

A touring exhibition which included Dogwood Crossing Miles, Gympie Art Gallery, Rockhampton Art Gallery and The Vera Wade Gallery, Brisbane

2012                         Collectie Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour, N.S.W.

2011                         Honestly! Lorraine Pilgrim, Broadbeach

2010                         Vroom! Albury Regional Gallery, N.S.W

                                  Untold Stories, Lorraine Pilgrim + Nyst Gallery, Southport, Gold Coast.

2009                         Bugs on Toy Cars, Iain Dawson Gallery, Paddington, N.S.W.

2008                         Small Wares and Trifles, Lorraine Pilgrim + Nyst Gallery, Southport, Gold Coast.

2007                         Sacred and Banal – the collection continues, Hardy Brothers, Brisbane.

                                 Interpreting the Collection- an artist’s view, Ipswich Art Gallery, Ipswich.

                                  Banality & Sacredness – A Collection, Hardy Brothers, Brisbane.

2006                         Holland, Belgium, France, Hardy Brothers, Brisbane.

2005                         A Postcard a Day, Ipswich Art Gallery, Ipswich.



Prizes & Awards

2016                         Winner Best Painting Ipswich Art Awards, Ipswich

2014                         Winner Best of Show, 1st Prize Still Life, Ipswich Art Awards, Ipswich

2009                         Winner Sponsor’s Prize, Eutick Memorial Still Life Awards, Coffs Harbour

2008                         Winner New Generation People’s Choice Award, Art Brisbane.

1st Prize Still Life section Wilston Art Show, Brisbane.

2007                         Winner Best of Show: Ipswich Art Awards, Ipswich.

2005                         Queensland Times Acquisition prize. Ipswich Annual Art Awards

2003                         1st Prize Watercolour. Noosa Art Show, Noosa, Queensland

2002                         Highly Commended – Ipswich Annual Arts Awards

Acquisition prize – Ipswich Art Gallery

2001                         1st Place Watercolour. Brookfield Show, Brisbane

1st place Watercolour – Ipswich Art Awards

1st Place Local Artist – Ipswich Art Awards

Acquisition prize – Ipswich Art Gallery



Curated Finalist

Finalist Elaine Birmingham Watercolour Landscape Prize, QLD  2017

Finalist Grace Cossington Smith Art Award, N.S.W  2016

Finalist Redland Art Awards, Cleveland Art Gallery 2016, 2014, 2010, 2008

Finalist Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Sunshine Coast 2016, 2013, 2011, 2008

Finalist Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

Finalist Bale Painting Prize, Geelong Regional Gallery, Victoria. 2014, 2012

Finalist Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery 2014

Finalist  Milburn Art Prize, Brisbane Institute of Art 2014

Finalist Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, Grafton Regional Gallery 2012

Finalist Launch, Clayton Utz Travelling Scholarship, Brisbane 2011, 2008

Finalist Moreton Bay Regional Art Awards 2016, 2014, 2011, 2008

Finalist Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast. 2010, 2007

Finalist Northern Rivers Portrait Prize, Lismore Regional Gallery 2010

Finalist Salon des Refuses, S.H Erwin Gallery, N.S.W 2009

Finalist Theiss Art Prize, Dell Gallery, QCA. 2006



Selected Curated Group Exhibitions

                                Still Life – ReAnimating the InAnimate, Pine Rivers Gallery 2016

                                 15 Artists, Redcliffe Regional Gallery, Brisbane. 2015, 2007

                                 Drawing a Line Caboolture Regional Gallery 2013

                                Exchange, Gatakers ArtSpace, Maryborough, 2011

                                 Network, TLF show. Ballarat Regional Gallery, VIC 2010

                                 Still. Hawkesbury Regional Gallery 2010

                                 Still Life 1930’s-present Gold Coast Art Gallery, Gold Coast 2009


Public Art Commissions   Graceville Wunderkammers for Brisbane City Council 2016


Teaching and Tutoring

St Peter’s Springfield 2016, 2015, Graceville Community 2015, Christ the King, Graceville 2015, Graceville State School 2015, MacGregor Summer School, Toowoomba 2015, Ipswich Arts Alive 2013, Clayfield College 2010, Brave Art Classes 2003-2007


Artist in Residencies           

Coorparoo State School, Brisbane, 2016 – 2008, St Margaret’s 2016, All Saints Merrimac 2104, Westside Christian College, Ipswich, 2008, 2011, Ipswich Art Gallery, Ipswich, 2007, Robertson State School. 2007, Bardon State School, 2001



Brisbane City Council 2016, Ipswich Art Gallery 2013, 2008, 2005, 2002, 2001, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery 2009, Gold Coast University Hospital, Mater Private Hospital, Springfield. Private collections in Australia, Netherlands.



2017                         Arts Qld funding Professional Development,  RADF funding for Professional Development

2012                         Australian Artist Grant (Janet Holmes a Court Artist Grant)

2011                         RADF funding for Professional Development

2009                         Janet Holmes a Court Artist Grant August round 2009

2008                         RADF funding for concept development of ‘Parables’ series

2007                         RADF funding for 10 week artist in residency at Ipswich Art Gallery




    • 2013
      • Lund, Michael. Top Spot. Courier Mail, Friday 1st Feb 2013
      • Wolffe, Sharne  Recovery  Art Notes, Art Monthly, March 2013
      • Browne, Sally Tide of Memories U on Sunday, Sunday Mail, 13th Jan, 2013
      • Hallesy, Darren. ‘Exhibition features paintings….’ Ipswich Life Magazine pg. 12
      • Gould, Joel. ‘Artist paints emotions left in wake of 2011 flood’ QT 5th Jan 2013
    • 2010
      • Front cover Paradise Magazine, Gold Coast Bulletin Dec 11, 2010
      • Art Almanac. Front cover and profile page 5. February
      • Kubler, Alison. Catalogue essay ‘Untold Stories’ Lorriane Pilgrim + Nyst Gallery, Feb
      • Girdham, Ronnie. ‘Toy Story revives past’ The Sunday Mail, Feb 28, pg 16
    • 2009
      • Franklin, Adrian. ‘Collecting the 20th Century’ UNSW Press, image of portrait page 2.
      • Clarke, Suzanna. ‘Forensic Innocence of Castaways’ The Courier Mail Mar 26 pg 52
      • Australian Artist. Image of Niccole Warren portrait April edition, page 2
    • 2008
      • Girdham, Ronnie. ‘Fresh in the Frame’ The Sunday Mail, Feb 3, pg 14
      • Saint Martin, Marina. ‘Deb’s dab with ‘sacred, banal’ Weekend Bulletin, May 17 pg 16
    • 2007
      • Machan, Kim.  Art Notes QLD, Art Monthly Australia, Issue 204, pg 47
      • Ambrey, Katelyn. ‘Forgotten Objects Fill Exhibition’ Queensland Times Oct 20, pg 25
      • Girdham, Ronnie. ‘Strong Signals’ The Sunday Mail, Dec 16, pg 15
    • 2006
      • Berry, Petrina. ‘European Sojourn inspires work’ South West News Feb 1, pg 43
    • 2005
      • ‘Bellbird Park Artist wins accolade’ The Satellite, April 20, pg 27
    • 2002
      • Murdoch, Scott. ‘Exhibition opens to big crowds’ Queensland Times April 12 pg 3
      • Quinn, Ellen. ‘Artist ready to defend her title’ Queensland Times March 25