paintings, places, process


Winter 2016: Bodies, Dance, Self-Portraits

This winter past: a lot of life drawing accompanied by slow but regular progress on a self-portrait series that looks at the moving, choreographed body in relation to specific places.

Deep Red: Hobart’s Stranger With My Face Exhibition, April 2016

Some moody phone camera documentation (my DSLR camera had just died) of the Stranger With My Face exhibition, which ran from 14-17 April 2016 as an adjunct to Tasmania’s Stranger With My Face International Film Festival. I was in Hobart covering the festival for RealTime Arts and had also been invited by festival director Briony Kidd to participate in this group show. Curator Robyn Oh did a terrific job of assembling the various works in the Festival Club (aka the Founders Room at Salamanca Arts Centre).

The exhibition took its cue from the festival, which showcases and promotes the work of women who make horror and dark genre films.



Kim Foale‘s ceramic work See No Evil glowing redly on festival opening night.



My work, A Small Dark Painting, alongside Sally Rees’ flickering video work on opening night



Gore, Allana Blizzard Jones, acrylic and mixed media on canvas



A Small Dark Painting, oil on linen





Kim Foale’s horror ceramics: See No Evil and Hearts



Below: Stranger With My Face International Film Festival opening night party


Also participating in the exhibition, but not pictured here: Lucy Parakhina, Mish Meijers and Sonia Heap.

Click here for my overview of the festival for RealTime.

Farewell to the old studio

In August this year I moved out of my studio of nine years, after the landlords had their development application approved. This three-storey warehouse opposite the Annandale Hotel in Stanmore, Sydney, was at different times home and work space to a number of artists including Elizabeth Day, Justin Trendall, Maria Cruz, Stephen Birch, Jacky Redgate, Brandt Lewis and India Zegan. Sculptor and painter Peter Hardy had been there for about 30 years. So we had a pretty good run, but it’s sad when these increasingly rare inner-city artists’ spaces go.








Cassie at Victor Harbor

Photographing writer Cassie Flanagan Willanski at Victor Harbor and surrounds, South Australia, in January of this year. Cassie’s collection of short stories, Here Where We Live, won the Wakefield Press Unpublished Manuscript Award at the 2014 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. It will be published in August 2015 by Wakefield Press.

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Halloween to Christmas



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Top to bottom: 2014 Christmas card design; Red Self-Portrait (completed Halloween 2014); drawing from self-portrait sketchbook; a friend’s Halloween butterfly tattoo; more from self-portrait sketchbook

Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival 2014

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Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival, held annually in Hobart, is a showcase and forum for female horror directors. Make-up effects for wood nymphs and Victorian doll created by Mel Cooper.

Interview with Festival Director Briony Kidd on my horror blog.

Coverage of the festival in RealTime’s October/November edition here.