About Me

I have been a Visual Artist for all of my adult life and now also enjoy filmmaking. I am passionate about creating visually to draw attention to environmental and social concerns- through artwork, food, film....or any other medium that leads me down the path of sustainability and social awareness. I am now consumed by the healing potential of colour, essence and dyeing which have been my latest passion...Wearable Art "Of the Essence" Healing Coats.

Sister Cities Art Cultural Exchanges

2005 - First visit to Tatebayashi to network with Artists 2006 - Organised 10th Anniversary Exhibition with Masterclasses and Workshops with Tatebayashi Artists here on the Sunshine Coast. Artists: Shoji Tanaka (Surrealist Painter), Tombow Kobayashi(International Doll artist), Iseumi Sanai Contemporary Painter,Shin Noda Woodcut Artist/Architect, Hagihara san painter. Tombow Kobayashi donated her large Mermaid Sculpture to the Maroochy Airport as a commemoration of the anniversary and project. 2007 - Shirley Strano and myself took 29 Artists from the Sunshine Coast to exhibit in Tatebayashi with workshops resulting in Community project of tiles for Children's Park. 2008 - Ikebana workshops with Community groups, Collaborative sculptures for Noosa Regional Gallery/Maroochy Bushland Botanical Gardens, Origami workshops with schools 2009 - Exhibition collaboration with Art/Craft groups in Tatebayashi with 9 artists/2 craftspersons and workshops. 2010 - I organised a concert with Yayoi Negishi(Tatebayashi's International pianist) as a performance for the Noosa Long Weekend. Saruta san performed with giant calligraphy brush on stage with Yayoi. Magic night. 2011 - L'Kreis (Yayoi and her duet partner Hiroo)were invited to the Noosa Long Weekend for the special anniversary. 2011 - Artist Noela Mills and I visited Xiamen (Sister City in China), Wuxi, Jingdehzen (Friendship cities with Sunshine Coast) 2012 - Noela and I organised Chinese Brushstroke artist Li Jun to visit from Wuxi for multiple workshops. Collaborative exhibition Culture 2 Culture was held in conjunction with workshops. Tiles from the Culture 2 Culture project also on display. - Jackson Li from Jingdehzen China visited the Sunshine Coast for a major ceramic festival. He asked if I could film him at the exhibitions and workshops for his Chinese Documentary. 2013- Barry Smith, Fiona Dempster, Noela Mills, Merv Jefferson and I ventured over to Tatebayashi to do workshops for the Citizen Festival and small exhibition as this years Art Cultural Exchange. 2016 - Is our 20th year of Sister City Friendship so it is going to be a big year with visits to Tatebayashi and also a return delegation in November with exhibition in both countries. 2009 Art Cultural Exchange in Tatebayashi - Collaborative sculpture with Japanese Artists and Sunshine Coast Artists and also a Craft exchange where Palmwoods Arts and Craft members created a fan exchange with Tatebayashi craft group. The group from Sunshine Coast also visited a family indigo dye vat which had been running for 160 years. It was a great exchange and a huge exhibition for a week in the Tatebayashi Art Hall. The Azalea park was glorious.

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