Welcome! Please join me as I explore my world through drawing and painting in all the colours of the rainbow. I love rainbows. I collect them (ask my family). Maybe it is because rainbows show such beauty and promise after a drenching downpour. That says a lot.

Life isn’t always easy, but it has taught me a lot – especially to appreciate the small joys around me. Sitting and sketching the detail in front of me takes me away from my worries and lets me focus on the moment. Pulling out my watercolours and sploshing a page with hot pinks, purples, limes and yellows brightens my day – literally. I hope my work brings joy to you too.

Brunswick Street, Fitzroy – six months of urban sketches and streetscapes

Almost every Tuesday for the last six months, since January 2019, I have been catching a tram down Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, to draw beautiful Victorian buildings on location. It started as a personal passion project to draw the street, and I have to say that I...

My watercolour palette for 2019

I have spent weeks (possibly months) pouring over my collection of watercolour paints to choose a new palette for this year. The fact that it is nearly the end of May says a lot! I am nothing if not indecisive, and I can um and ah for hours over whether or not to...

My watercolour palette for 2018

I am constantly asked to share the colours in my watercolour palette, but when you have this many that is easier said than done! I love to play around with different combinations, and I test new colours all the time, but this is my collection for 2018. I took this...

Carers Week 14-20 October 2018 – free poster

For years I have shared a free poster to celebrate Carers Week, which this year is held in Australia from 14 to 20 October. My annual posters came about as a result of my own experience as a mental health carer, and the website I created at...

Review of Moo’s cotton business cards

I love the idea of having a tiny art portfolio that can be carried in my pocket. Moo cards make that possible, as you can have up to 50 different designs on one side of the card, with one on the other. I don't know where else you can do that. It seems pretty amazing...

Sketchbook tour – 2 weeks in Ireland

A big portion of my ancestry is Irish, so visiting Ireland for the first time was something I was really looking forward to. From sunny (and often not so sunny) Melbourne it was hard to imagine the accents, the brilliant greens, the castles (yay CASTLES!!) and the...

From my Instagram feed ….

Instagram post 17884946272401319 My @usk.sg sketching colleagues conveniently drawn from behind, so no need to worry about catching likenesses! It is always so good to be able to admire so many different styles and viewpoints of the one place. It was a terrific choice of iconic sketching spot, followed by lunch at a classic food stall. Then I received some dangerous education on the location of yet more art supply stores 😂 Thanks @renhuiyoong again for the invitation (and posing for me)! It was really lovely to meet you all!  #usk #urbansketchers #urbansketcherssingapore #melbourneurbansketchers #raffleshotelsingapore #urbansketching #watercolorsketch #travelsketch #travelsketchbook #singapore #sketchbook #artists

My @usk.sg sketching colleagues conveniently drawn from behind, so no need to worry about catching likenesses! It is always so good to be able to admire so many different styles and viewpoints of the one place. It was a terrific choice of iconic sketching spot, followed by lunch at a classic food stall. Then I received some dangerous education on the location of yet more art supply stores 😂 Thanks @renhuiyoong again for the invitation (and posing for me)! It was really lovely to meet you all! #usk #urbansketchers #urbansketcherssingapore #melbourneurbansketchers #raffleshotelsingapore #urbansketching #watercolorsketch #travelsketch #travelsketchbook #singapore #sketchbook #artists ...

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Instagram post 18093772795060780 The walkway opposite Raffles Hotel in Singapore, sketched alongside @usk.sg during our brief stopover on the way home. It was the last day of our trip and just then the ink ran out in my fine nibbed fountain pen. I took it as a sign to work more loosely. Many thanks to @renhuiyoong for inviting me along :). #usk #urbansketchers #urbansketcherssingapore #melbourneurbansketchers #raffleshotelsingapore #palms #watercolorsketch #travelsketch #travelsketchbook #singapore #sketchbook

The walkway opposite Raffles Hotel in Singapore, sketched alongside @usk.sg during our brief stopover on the way home. It was the last day of our trip and just then the ink ran out in my fine nibbed fountain pen. I took it as a sign to work more loosely. Many thanks to @renhuiyoong for inviting me along :). #usk #urbansketchers #urbansketcherssingapore #melbourneurbansketchers #raffleshotelsingapore #palms #watercolorsketch #travelsketch #travelsketchbook #singapore #sketchbook ...

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Instagram post 18093651235006254 The Raffles palms in Singapore, sketched in the inspiring company of @usk.sg during our brief stopover on the way home. Once I started to draw it became clear just how complicated this building was, with its many angles. Just as well I only had a small sketchbook to fill! Many thanks to @renhuiyoong for inviting me along :). #usk #urbansketchers #urbansketcherssingapore #melbourneurbansketchers #raffleshotelsingapore #palms #watercolorsketch #travelsketch #travelsketchbook #singapore #sketchbook

The Raffles palms in Singapore, sketched in the inspiring company of @usk.sg during our brief stopover on the way home. Once I started to draw it became clear just how complicated this building was, with its many angles. Just as well I only had a small sketchbook to fill! Many thanks to @renhuiyoong for inviting me along :). #usk #urbansketchers #urbansketcherssingapore #melbourneurbansketchers #raffleshotelsingapore #palms #watercolorsketch #travelsketch #travelsketchbook #singapore #sketchbook ...

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Instagram post 18062458873191143 My very last #sketch in #germany before flying to Singapore. I was thinking more about the long flight ahead than my drawing, but I found it very funny when my husband called out from the top of the medieval tower and starring waving his phone to tell me that he had finally got mobile reception! So he was up there checking his messages 😂. The trains and ferries were running along the Rhine just below my picture. Auf wiedersehen Germany and thank you for your hospitality and inspiration!  #usk #urbansketchers #medievaltower #germany #melbourneurbansketchers #travelsketch #travelsketchbook #traveljournal #hahnemühle #sketchbook #watercolorsketch #sketch

My very last #sketch in #germany before flying to Singapore. I was thinking more about the long flight ahead than my drawing, but I found it very funny when my husband called out from the top of the medieval tower and starring waving his phone to tell me that he had finally got mobile reception! So he was up there checking his messages 😂. The trains and ferries were running along the Rhine just below my picture. Auf wiedersehen Germany and thank you for your hospitality and inspiration! #usk #urbansketchers #medievaltower #germany #melbourneurbansketchers #travelsketch #travelsketchbook #traveljournal #hahnemühle #sketchbook #watercolorsketch #sketch ...

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Instagram post 17869857361441981 My last drawing of half timbered houses for a while, and I picked a view with far too many windows! The highlight of sketching at the #romerberg in #frankfurt on our last day in Europe was meeting some of the Frankfurt urban sketchers and being able to see their amazing sketchbooks. I was spending much more time chatting than concentrating on the drawing, but my sketchbook will now bring back many happy memories of a lovely afternoon in good company. Thank you @chermann.art @sandra.schwark @rfffranke and the rest of the group for making my husband and I feel so welcome!  #usk #urbansketchers #urbansketchersfrankfurt #melbourneurbansketchers #halftimberedhouse #fachwerkhaus #travelsketchbook #travelsketch #traveljournal #watercolorsketch #sketchbook #sketch

My last drawing of half timbered houses for a while, and I picked a view with far too many windows! The highlight of sketching at the #romerberg in #frankfurt on our last day in Europe was meeting some of the Frankfurt urban sketchers and being able to see their amazing sketchbooks. I was spending much more time chatting than concentrating on the drawing, but my sketchbook will now bring back many happy memories of a lovely afternoon in good company. Thank you @chermann.art @sandra.schwark @rfffranke and the rest of the group for making my husband and I feel so welcome! #usk #urbansketchers #urbansketchersfrankfurt #melbourneurbansketchers #halftimberedhouse #fachwerkhaus #travelsketchbook #travelsketch #traveljournal #watercolorsketch #sketchbook #sketch ...

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Instagram post 18062373013185829 The Skipper’s house in Kaub, Germany. It is in the middle of a tiny marktplatz with cannons and a memorial out the front and a medieval church directly opposite. We have been eating most of our meals on the picnic table out the front under the linden trees. #usk #urbansketchers #kaub #germany #drawingonlocation #melbourneurbansketchers #urbansketchersgermany #skippershouse #travelsketch #travelsketchbook #watercolorsketch #hahnemühle #penandwash

The Skipper’s house in Kaub, Germany. It is in the middle of a tiny marktplatz with cannons and a memorial out the front and a medieval church directly opposite. We have been eating most of our meals on the picnic table out the front under the linden trees. #usk #urbansketchers #kaub #germany #drawingonlocation #melbourneurbansketchers #urbansketchersgermany #skippershouse #travelsketch #travelsketchbook #watercolorsketch #hahnemühle #penandwash ...

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