BIO

I have devoted my life to exploring creativity through visual arts, music, writing & performance.  I began drawing when I was 4 yrs old, and playing music when I was 14.  In 1990 I also began teaching children, youth & adults in various areas of the visual and musical arts.  I have excellent skills in communication & building rapport, in process-based learning, group dynamics and tailoring my formats to the level of each individual.   My current work focus is divided between running cartoon workshops, and performing / recording music.

TEACHER / CREATIVE MENTOR:

Over 20 years experience teaching in Arts Education, running workshops and designing creative mentoring programs for adults & children.  Have also designed and run many innovative holiday arts programs for kids, and specialist programs in the areas of special needs & gifted education.  The core of this work has been my hands-on cartoon drawing workshop programs, but also includes music programs (percussion & rhythm, guitar, ukulele).

This teaching work, in & out of schools, has included:  countless Cartooning workshops in primary & secondary schools, artist-in-school residencies, creative mentoring projects, gifted & remedial education, designing & coordinating creative holiday programs, youth – at – risk projects, private tutoring & after-school courses, publishing projects, children’s festivals, adult education.

ARTIST / ILLUSTRATOR:

Over 20 years experience freelance cartoon art, illustration & graphic design, specialising in the areas of music promotion, education, youth services & community arts.

Since the 80s my illustration & graphic design has been variously applied to: Newspaper editorial, advertising, music industry, logo & business design, costume & theatre set design, tattoo design & body art, technical & catalogue illustration, merchandising & packaging, educational publishing.  Have also held several successful solo exhibitions (Newcastle, NSW and Melbourne, VIC) and won a national art award.

Moved from Melbourne to Tasmania in 2001, now specialising in areas of education, community health, youth services and community arts.  I am in-house cartoon artist for award-winning music education publishers Bushfire Press (Melbourne), illustrating countless teachers resources including the Music Room book series.  Since 2007 I have also provided all the cartoon promotions & logos for the annual Knox Community Arts Festival (Melbourne).

COMMUNITY ARTS (TAS):

2002 – 2005: Initiator & Creative Director / participating artist / performer,  BRUNY ISLAND KIDS ARTZONE Kids Arts Festival – 7 day community arts event

2005: ‘DANCING THE BRUNY SEEDRAGON’ – Creative director, composer & performer: Community arts performance event, Bruny Island, TAS.   In 2005 received Festivals Aust funding to compose & direct community performance of song, percussion, dance & visual art based around 12metre SeeDragon puppet (created by myself & Bruny School students 2003).

2001 – 10:  Creative mentor for numerous youth arts projects in the Huon region, including publishing and mural projects for SmartArts (Huon Youth Services), and large mural projects for Bruny Island and Franklin Primary Schools.

MUSICIAN:

15 years professional experience as singer, songwriter, percussionist, music teacher.  Skilled percussionist (djembe, dundun) and fretted instruments – primary instrument now is ukulele, but also guitar, balalaika & mandolin.

2004 – 06: Performed & recorded with guitar duo The Spondooli Brothers.

2007 – 2010:  Leader of Rhythm Collision and the Drummin’ Mummas community percussion groups.

2008 – 2011:  Specialist music teacher (percussion), Tarremah Steiner School.  Also ran percussion programs at Hobart College with special needs & refugee groups, and at Cygnet Primary for children with behavioural problems.

PRESENT:  Specialising in all-original fingerstyle ukulele music, collaborating with doublebassist Ross Sermons and performing / recording.