The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince

I got pretty excited yesterday when the Lethbridge 10000 finalists were announced, and I saw that I had made the online finalists category.

This is my entry, The Happy Prince (61x35cm, acrylic on canvas). It is a retelling of the short story of the same name by Oscar Wilde, illustrating the parallels between this tale and the story of Siddhartha (a Nepalese prince who later became Gautama Buddha).

Making this painting made me more aware of the need to focus on tonal variation when creating a composition.

The work is for sale at the Lethbridge Gallery website


Great Great Aunt Vera

Great Great Aunt Vera

I recently discovered that my great great aunt, Vera Cummings, was a New Zealand painter of some note. Born in Thames (a town at the southwestern end of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand’s North Island) in 1891, she painted portraits of Maori people of the Auckland area. She attended the Elam school of Fine Arts in Auckland, and later became a student of
C F Goldie, who was a famous painter of portraits of Maori people.
The people in our family don’t have a lot of information about Vera, however, my mother tells me that she was a spinster, who, along with her sister, cared for their mother in her later years. She is said to have complained about the necessity to produce “pot-boilers” in order to support herself and her mother. In spite of the pressure she must have felt to paint this kind of portrait, she was still able to produce works of a very high standard.
My mother and uncle recently visited the Auckland gallery, where they were able to view Vera Cummings’ painting, Portrait of a Maori Woman. Above is a snapshot of them with the painting. You can see an image of the painting here.
Maori portraits of the kind painted by Vera Cummings, and her tutor, Charles Goldie, have enjoyed popularity and are considered an important part of New Zealand cultural history. If you wish to find out more about this style of painting, and its cultural significance and associated controversy, try the following links:



This one is a small commission I completed last year. It was intended as a wedding gift for a couple who enjoy vintage styling and getting away from it all. Acrylic on canvas, size approximately 30 x 20cm

Enquiries about commissions are always welcome 🙂



Here is another in my series of portraits of Brisbane musicians. This one, measuring approximately 100 x 100cm, depicts Edward Guglielmino.

Edward once told me that he sees himself more as a shaman, transmuting emotion into sound, than as a musician (I paraphrase heavily). The inspiration for this piece comes from that idea, as well as from the music itself.

You can connect with Edward and his wonderful sounds here.



Welcome to my studio. Welcome to my page.

I am a self-taught painter and illustrator, from a music and fashion background. While recovering from a long-term, debilitating illness, I discovered that I was better at drawing and painting than I was at sewing or strumming.

A whole bunch of things on the go at any one time is the way I work. This is the place where I share some of them with you.

I hope you enjoy my artwork. I am accepting commissions for illustration and painting. I currently work in acrylic, pencil, pan pastel and watercolour.

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