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 18007875403249796 Evening flight home to Melbourne from Brisbane yesterday, thus formally ending my visit to #brisbanesketchfest2019 - as is traditional I had to draw the seat view, which was easier from the aisle seat, but complicated by the lack of light and sudden eruptions of ink splurting from my  fountain pen every so often. It didn’t enjoy the change in air pressure at all, but time flew by (literally). #usk #urbansketchers #melbourneurbansketchers #flight #virginairlines #virginaustralia #planesketch #travelsketch #travelsketchbook #sketchbook #sketch #hahnemühle

Evening flight home to Melbourne from Brisbane yesterday, thus formally ending my visit to #brisbanesketchfest2019 - as is traditional I had to draw the seat view, which was easier from the aisle seat, but complicated by the lack of light and sudden eruptions of ink splurting from my fountain pen every so often. It didn’t enjoy the change in air pressure at all, but time flew by (literally). #usk #urbansketchers #melbourneurbansketchers #flight #virginairlines #virginaustralia #planesketch #travelsketch #travelsketchbook #sketchbook #sketch #hahnemühle ...

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Instagram post 17860768105558391 My mission to draw Brunswick Street one building at a time continues ... slowly! This is the community health centre north of Gertrude Street. I’ll confess that I thought it might be boring to draw, but then I noticed the flats opposite were reflected in the windows. While I was drawing I had visitors from the urban grocer outside the flats - that was very special :) #usk #urbansketchers #melbourneurbansketchers #brunswickstreetsketchography #brunswickstreet #fitzroy #citysketch #streetscape #cityofyarra #bockingford #cohealth

My mission to draw Brunswick Street one building at a time continues ... slowly! This is the community health centre north of Gertrude Street. I’ll confess that I thought it might be boring to draw, but then I noticed the flats opposite were reflected in the windows. While I was drawing I had visitors from the urban grocer outside the flats - that was very special 🙂 #usk #urbansketchers #melbourneurbansketchers #brunswickstreetsketchography #brunswickstreet #fitzroy #citysketch #streetscape #cityofyarra #bockingford #cohealth ...

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Instagram post 17866796152505147 Delicious lunch at Bon Ap Petit Bistro in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy today. This is the view looking north along Brunswick Street with one big oopsy that I decided to ignore. I wonder if anyone will work out what it was? We were sad to say goodbye to a fellow sketcher from France, but it was a lovely day with some new visitors, including @jodiwileyart , Lizzy and @paulwang_sg - thanks for the inspiration and company to all! #usk #urbansketchers #melbourneurbansketchers #brunswickstreetsketchography #brunswickstreet #brunswickstreetfitzroy #fitzroy #cityofyarra #citysketch #sketchbook #sketch #hahnemühle

Delicious lunch at Bon Ap Petit Bistro in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy today. This is the view looking north along Brunswick Street with one big oopsy that I decided to ignore. I wonder if anyone will work out what it was? We were sad to say goodbye to a fellow sketcher from France, but it was a lovely day with some new visitors, including @jodiwileyart , Lizzy and @paulwang_sg - thanks for the inspiration and company to all! #usk #urbansketchers #melbourneurbansketchers #brunswickstreetsketchography #brunswickstreet #brunswickstreetfitzroy #fitzroy #cityofyarra #citysketch #sketchbook #sketch #hahnemühle ...

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