Like many women, I wear many hats, depending on what is happening in my world at any given moment. I am an artist, business owner, facilitator, coach and mentor, volunteer, wife and mother, in no particular order.
Creativity has always been a big part of my life.
With a father who is an extraordinary woodworker and a mother who stitches with magic fingers, it’s in the genes. Growing up I was always creating something. There were dollhouses out of cardboard boxes, crocheting and stitching, and at school weaving and pottery. When other kids were out playing sports, I was in the art rooms. I was learning how to throw a pot and pushing clay through a pugmill and I was as happy as a pig in mud. Eventually, when I left school, I spent a year studying Fine Art full time, drawing, painting making prints and taking photographs. It was at college that I learnt to sculpt and I found my niche!
However as great as all that sounds, my creative life took a downturn.
I listened to the naysayers, “that’s not a career”, “you need to get a real job”, “there is no money in art'”. And so I packed my creative spirit away in a suitcase. I put it on a shelf in a corner of my heart, and did what everyone suggested I do – I took a job in an office. It wasn’t until I was in my mid 30’s that I dusted off that suitcase and started pursuing a creative life.
I wish I had started sooner.
That’s one of the reasons I love working with women to realise their creative dreams.
Together we can work to reignite your passion, dust off your dreams and give life to your vision.
Give me a call or drop me a line.
Some facts about me:
- I live on the outskirts of Sydney with my husband, our Chief Chewing Officer (CCO) Finnegan, and our two adult daughters.
- For over 10 years I had a successful creative micro business, Felt from the Heart. I taught sculpting with fibre and sold fibre art supplies.
- My award winning sculptures and wearable art are held in private collections and touring exhibitions.
- I completed a season as General Manager and Financial Controller for one of the largest independent arts festivals in NSW.
- For 7 years I worked with Peter Day EA+D as business manager, creating public art projects for local government organisations and developers. Notable projects include The Great Southern Wall KGV (2010) – City of Sydney, Stories from the Street – Hurstville Council, Greetings – Stockland Merryland. I now work as a contractor for Peter Day EAD continuing to pursue excellence in public art.
- I hold qualifications in Fine Art, Management and Leadership, Marketing, Communications and Media, Coaching and NLP.
- A Certified Weaving a Life Facilitator, I am also a trained Facilitator of the Lego Serious Play Methodology.
- Professional member of the Australian Institute of Training & Development (AITD)
- Member of the International Coach Federation
- Member of the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)