Born 1950, Adelaide, South Australia


2000 Master of Arts (Visual Arts), Painting. Canberra School of Art, Institute of Arts, The Australian National University.

1974 Advanced Diploma in Teaching (Fine Arts), Torrens College of Advanced Education.

1972 Diploma in Teaching Secondary Art, Western Teachers College and the South Australian School of Art.


National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
National Library of Australia, Canberra (Visual Collection)
Adelaide University Student Union
Writers Centre, Canberra
Christopher Hunt (1979 Director Adelaide festival of Arts)
Tony Bishop, Adelaide
Kansas City Youth Art Awards.

Solo Exhibitions

2013 The Thinking Heart’, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2004 Ordinary People’, Canberra Museum and Gallery
2000 Social Fabric’, Master of Arts Exhibition Canberra Institute of Arts Gallery, Australian National University
2000 ‘Celebration of the Life of Judith Wright’ Tilley’s Divine, ACT
1999 Borderspace’ A collaboration with Helen Fuller at ANU Institute of Arts, Photospace Gallery
1989 Giles Street Gallery, Canberra
1986 Tynte Street Gallery, Adelaide
1985 Tilleys Divine Gallery Canberra, Paintings on paper
1983 Gallery Anderson Gallery, Sydney
1979 Contemporary Art Society, Adelaide
1977 Solander Gallery, Canberra

Teaching Overview

Canberra Institute of the Arts/Schoolf of Art & Design, ANU (casual, then full time, part time then casual) from 1975 to the present. Teaching in Painting, Printmaking, Foundation Studies, Graphic Investigation, and Continuing Education.

Casual Educator at the National Gallery of Australia from1997-2003 and many workshops for the public program till 2009, and The National Portrait Gallery casual and contracts and Workshops 2007-9.

Group Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions (over 80) have included the Dobell Prize, The Archibald Prize and travelling exhibition, The Portia Geach Prize (4 times), The Alice Prize, The Gold Coast City Prize, and Art School staff shows at The Australian National University.

2018 Braidwood Art Group Members Show NSW
Silent auction and exhibition for’ Springout ‘Canberra at New Acton.
2017 The Christmas Show Altenburg and Co Braidwood; M16 Studios Fundraising Auction and Exhibition, Muse Canberra;
The Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Art Awards 2017, Q Gallery Qeanbeyan, Materiality M16 Members Show, M16 Studios Gallery, Canberra; Teaching four, four day workshops in painting and drawing at the National Arboretum Canberra in July and October.  Braidwood Artists Members Show, The Women’s Show, Bragg; Random, ANU School of Art, Foyer Gallery.
2016 The Regional Art Prize, The Members Show, The Women’s Show, (all Braidwood Regional Art Group); Capital Arts Patrons Organisation exhibition and catalogue 2016, Canberra Museum and Gallery; M16 Studios Canberra Members Show; M16 Fundraising Auction at Muse, Griffith ACT.

Publication: Creative Artist Yearbook Collector’s Edition 2016, Woodlands Publishing. ‘Gentle Paintings with a Giant Brush’ p38–42.

2015 Braidwood Art Society (3 group shows), The Women’s ShowCapital Arts, Patrons Organisation exhibition and catalogue at Canberra Museum and Gallery.
2014 National Portrait Gallery of America selection for Portrait Artists Australia at the Australian Embassy, in Washington; Capital Arts Patrons Organisation exhibition and catalogue at CMAG.
2012 Celebrating Innovators, Portrait Artists Australia at Parliament House, Canberra.10 year Book Launch and 2013 Exhibition, Art House Hotel Gallery, Sydney. Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize, Bega Regional Gallery. BDAS Members Show, Bowral, BDAS Portrait Prize exhibition.
2011 John Copes Watercolour Prize Exhibition, (Winner) BDAS, EMSLA Still Life Prize Exhibition, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, All the Worlds a Stage, Portrait Artists Australia at the Victorian Artists Society, Melbourne.
2010 Portia Geach National Women’s Portrait Prize Exhibition, Sydney, Archibald Touring Exhibition (Art Gallery NSW), Residency at Bundanon
2009 Archibald Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW and touring regional galleries, (2009-10 ), Portia Geach National Women’s Portrait Prize Exhibition, Sydney.


John Copes Watercolour Prize, 2011
Tuggeranong Art Prize, 2003
Canberra Institute of Arts Drawing prize, 1989
John Copes Memorial Prize people’s choice and runner up, 2004
Canberra Art Prize, Peoples Choice and runner up, 2004
Portia Geach National Womens Art Award Runner up, 2003


Arts ACT grant for new Work in 2000, 1999 Post Graduate Materials award, Canberra Institute of Arts, student grant and support from Australian High Commission in Cape Town and Michaelis Art School Uni of Cape Town for curating and installing Vital Signs.

1988 Postgraduate materials Award ANU, 1988 group award to send vital Signs to Poland


2006, 2009, 2010, Bundanon Artist is residence (Poussin Project)
Megalo Fellowship 1997, 2003
Artist in Residence (unfunded) Michaelis Art School Cape Town University Dec 1997-June 1998

Publications and essays

2016 Creative Artist Yearbook, Collector’s Edition. Woodlands publishing. ‘Gentle Paintings with a Giant Brush, pp. 38-42. Illustrated with paintings and interview.

2013 Meanjin Canberra edition Words are the daughters of the earth- Portrait of Marion Halligan

2012 Ways with Pomegranate by Susan Parsons Canberra Times June 13

2011 The Artists Book Portrait Artists Australia Ten Years pub PAA

2009 The Archibald Prize Catalogue Art Gallery NSW, Australian Artist Magazine, May; The Portrait strikes Back by Helen Grant; The folly of thinking bigger is better Sasha Grishin The Canberra Times March 28; Dianna Streak Capital Artists brush up for the Archibald Canberra Times, Dec 9 The Australian Christopher Allen,’Portraiture as a mugs game”.

2008 Evan Hannaford, Creative minds mix it together’, about the Bundanon experience, Canberra Times

2004 Canberra Times March 6, April 6, Sept 27, Nov 1

2003 Canberra Times, Tuggeranong Art Prize Oct 29 Canberra Times, John Anderson at “Mixed Blessings” exhibition July 31

2002 Opening of National Portrait Gallery at Commonwealth Place Catalogue

2001 Catalogue, ‘Hostage to Fortune’ at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre ed Denise Ferris Sept 23, Astonishing Art by Ian Warden, Canberra times July 1 about The Secret Life of Plants at The Australian Academy of Science, and also in Friends of the Melbourne Botanic Gardens newsletter, Art Monthly and ANU reporter. 

2000 History of the Graphic Investigation Workshop CSA Publication

1999 Catalogue Season 2000, MA Exhibition ANU Canberra institute of the Arts; Putting it into Print’ by Meredith Hinchcliffe in Craft Arts International No 45, 1999; Canberra Arts Anthology National Library of Australia Publication Fransesca Rendle-Short; Memory and becoming eX de Medici Exhibition essayfor borderspace exhibiton at ANU, Polish Catalogue for Vital Signs in Szczecin, Poland

1998 Vital Signs Post graduate works on paper to South Africa essay by Naomi Horrige. Which I curated and in which I participated) Article on Vital Signs Monday paper University of CapeTown May 11;Vital Signs and Recent work on paper from South Africa (which I curated), in Exchange of ideas October 1st in Canberra Times; Putting it into Print essay by Katherine K and Catrina Vignando in catalogue of the exhibition. Canberra times, Meredith Hinchcliffe July .

1996 ANCA Catalogue by Angela Phelp, curator City Gallery Canberra. 

1989 10 years on, 10 years of the Graphic Investigation Workshop at ANU Editor Pat Gilmor. 

1975 International Women’s Year Adelaide 

1974 Recent art from South Australia CAS Adelaide, Ian North.

Other Activities

Lecture ‘The Portrait as Metaphor’ Canberra Musuem and Gallery and ANU Floor Conversation with Marion Halligan for exhibition ‘Ordinary People’, Interview on Art Sound FM with Phillip O’Brien

2002 Interview with Nell Schofield on Arts today on ABC National Radio July 2 on Secret life of Plants exhibition, also with 2XX at ANU, and also featured on the ABC’s Country Hour.

2001 National Gallery Public Lecture Monet and his garden

2000 Lecture Tony Tuckson a painters View

1999 Paper Liminal for Sensational-Images and bodies Post grad Conference COFA Uni of NSW, Sydney: University of Sydney Paper on my painting at Religion and Art Conference, Lecture on my residency at Michaelis Art School to the CSA Art Forum program

1998 Lecture to Michaelis Art School Cape town Uni on the NGA and CSA; Lecture to the National Gallery of Sth Africa guides on the NGA Collection. Floor talk for Vital Signs to coincide with the exhibition in Cape Town

1989 Talk to the Colour society ANU on the relationship of colour to my painting.

1987 Monets Garden talk and photography of Monet’s Garden to the garden History society Canberra. 


Cooma Art Prize Raglan Gallery, Urobodalla Art Prize 2012.