“The continuous exploration of the medium of enamel on precious metal is an ongoing adventure for me as an artist/enameller/jeweller. I began at the other end of the spectrum to most enamellists, in huge format, having begun my career as an artist/painter. On discovering enamel, I marvelled at the brilliance and intemsity of colour. The opportunity of using these colours in a palette was unlimited, with the added choices of transparency, opacity and opalescence.
I was introduced to enamel early on in my career, this quickly developed into a passion. For many years I used enamel on large sheets of copper to make large format paintings and highly decorated copper bowls. I then decided to return to study gold & silversmithing at RMIT so I could further my practise in enamel jewellery and metal work. I then began teaching at RMIT which I enjoyed tremendously for many years. Now I give workshops when time allows, for the Gold & Silversmiths Guild of Australia and in my own studio. I was secretary of the gold and silversmith guild of Australia for quite a few years and am still on the council, which has introduced me to many of the amazing gold and silversmiths of Australia practising today.
I enjoy commissions as it often forces me to explore other avenues, which often leads me into new ideas and directions. In 1993 I was commissioned to do the mural for the Brisbane International Airport which took two years to complete. It is of the beautiful Daintree Rainforrest which is a very popular tourist attraction. The dimentions of the mural are 16 metres by 3 metres high and is two dimensional. It was a personal triumph for me as it was the largest and most difficult piece to fabricate. Since then I have concentrated on smaller pieces – sterling silver boxes, jewellery pieces and small panels and objects. My preferred choice of techniques is cloisonee but I employ many others. After 45 years of enamelling I am still passionate, enjoying the intricacies of enamel in the jewellery context and constantly trying to push the boundaries of this very difficult art which has very strict rules to be adhered to for a perfect finish.”
I am very happy to say that I have recently won the prestigious Saul Bell Award and feel greatly privileged.