At university I studied Natural Sciences, achieving a first class degree from Cambridge University, and a PhD in Chemistry from Oxford University in 1997. I then worked for 15 years in strategy and change management, at McKinsey & Co and CSIRO. After a lifelong interest in art, I started painting full-time five years ago.  Rather than pursuing a formal art school education, I sought out inspiring and talented artists to learn from. My art practice focuses mainly on landscape and portraiture using a range of methods and media.

 

In portraiture, I particularly focus on interesting and inspiring subjects, such as the commission to paint Sydney University’s first female head of Chemistry, Associate Professor Ruth Gall.  In 2016 I was selected for the Portia Geach Memorial Award for Portraiture with a portrait of Professor Attila Brungs, FTSE, Vice Chancellor of UTS, and in 2019 I was selected as a finalist in the Archibald prize with my portrait of Professor Michael McDaniel. This portrait is now on loan to University Technology Sydney.

 

I have undertaken many commissions, have had artworks hung in group exhibitions and art prizes and support charitable and community organisations. In 2020 I held my first solo exhibition 'A Brief Moment in Time' hosted by Brenda Colahan Fine Art in Putney, Sydney. My work is held in private collections in Australia, North America, Europe and China.

I am currently represented by Brenda Colahan Fine Art in Putney and also sell directly and through www.Bluethumb.com.au

Recognition:

2021 Solo Exhibition ''Close To Home'' Brenda Colahan Fine Art

2020 Solo Exhibition ''A Brief Moment in Time'' Brenda Colahan Fine Art

2020 Bluethumb Art Prize finalist

2020 Moonee Valley Art Prize finalist

2019 Archibald Prize finalist

2019 North Beaches Art Prize finalist

2019 Northbridge Art Prize finalist and winner of Excellence in Acrylics

2017 Northern Beaches Art Prize finalist

2016 Portia Geach Memorial Portrait Award finalist

2016 Warringah Art Prize finalist

2016 Hunters Hill Art Exhibition finalist

2016 Kirribilli Art Prize finalist

Notable commissions:   

      

2020-21 Commission to paint the official portraits of the Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor of UTS (these portraits will be donated by the artist)

2018 Commission from University of Sydney to paint a portrait of Associate Professor Ruth Gall – now hanging in main lecture theatre in the School of Chemistry