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 keep...

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 17897675722404163 Sneak preview of our exhibition of Brunswick Street sketches which opens tonight @blackcatfitzroy - Shane did a brilliant job of installing them all. 8 artists including myself, and mine are at the other end so you need to watch this through to catch them. Love the acting skills of the Black Cat team - as this was taken before they opened! Well done to my fellow artists @alf.green @robcandywatercolours @nathandjillclifford @artneasel @diannecolk @jamdraperart @lunchsketch  #blackcatfitzroy #brunswickstreetsketchography #brunswickstreet #brunswickstreetfitzroy #brunswickstreetart #fitzroy #cityofyarra #artexhibition #groupexhibition #urbansketches #streetscapes

Sneak preview of our exhibition of Brunswick Street sketches which opens tonight @blackcatfitzroy - Shane did a brilliant job of installing them all. 8 artists including myself, and mine are at the other end so you need to watch this through to catch them. Love the acting skills of the Black Cat team - as this was taken before they opened! Well done to my fellow artists @alf.green @robcandywatercolours @nathandjillclifford @artneasel @diannecolk @jamdraperart @lunchsketch #blackcatfitzroy #brunswickstreetsketchography #brunswickstreet #brunswickstreetfitzroy #brunswickstreetart #fitzroy #cityofyarra #artexhibition #groupexhibition #urbansketches #streetscapes ...

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Instagram post 17849942239702368 More painting of my sketches drawn on location in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy earlier in the year. Ok so I’m not quite finished tonight as I had hoped but I think I’m getting close. Lots of autumn colours here but putting a black house right in the middle was something of a challenge. I still need to look seriously at the lights and darks and pull it together a little more, but that can be a job for tomorrow. Thanks for all the support and confidence in my abilities! I WILL get it done for @blackcatfitzroy for Tuesday!#brunswickstreetsketchography #blackcatfitzroy #fitzroy #brunswickstreet #victorianterrace #victorianarchitecture #archisketch #architecturesketch #watercoloursketch #streetscape #bockingford #watercolor #penandwash #cityofyarra #melbourne

More painting of my sketches drawn on location in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy earlier in the year. Ok so I’m not quite finished tonight as I had hoped but I think I’m getting close. Lots of autumn colours here but putting a black house right in the middle was something of a challenge. I still need to look seriously at the lights and darks and pull it together a little more, but that can be a job for tomorrow. Thanks for all the support and confidence in my abilities! I WILL get it done for @blackcatfitzroy for Tuesday!#brunswickstreetsketchography #blackcatfitzroy #fitzroy #brunswickstreet #victorianterrace #victorianarchitecture #archisketch #architecturesketch #watercoloursketch #streetscape #bockingford #watercolor #penandwash #cityofyarra #melbourne ...

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Instagram post 18114754444032157 If I can get this last piece painted tonight then I’ll be able to make a coloured signed print of every building on the west side of Brunswick Street, Fitzroy between Victoria Parade and Gertrude Street - and put them in our little exhibition at the Black Cat. What do you think? Can I do it?  #brunswickstreetsketchography #blackcatfitzroy #fitzroy #brunswickstreet #victorianterrace #victorianarchitecture #archisketch #architecturesketch #watercoloursketch #streetscape #bockingford #watercolor #penandwash #cityofyarra #melbourne

If I can get this last piece painted tonight then I’ll be able to make a coloured signed print of every building on the west side of Brunswick Street, Fitzroy between Victoria Parade and Gertrude Street - and put them in our little exhibition at the Black Cat. What do you think? Can I do it? #brunswickstreetsketchography #blackcatfitzroy #fitzroy #brunswickstreet #victorianterrace #victorianarchitecture #archisketch #architecturesketch #watercoloursketch #streetscape #bockingford #watercolor #penandwash #cityofyarra #melbourne ...

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