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I grew up surrounded by different types of art. My mother, Dot Oliver, was a founding member of the Stirling Street Art Centre and she was involved in pottery, watercolour painting, pastels, creative stitchery, and many other forms of art.
When I was in my late teens I went to the Perth Technical Collage of Art to study fabric design and painting. For many years I investigated different fabric dying methods using natural and synthetic dyes and incorporated this with silk screening. Living in the country I had ready access to materials. I still have a love of beautiful fabrics.
Children and our own business slowed my artist endeavours for many years. However, my mother would gift me art materials in the hope I would recommence.
Around 2014 I commenced painting with watercolours. I have had various teachers and attended workshops here, interstate and overseas. I have travelled with friends to England and UK to travel and paint plein air on two occasions.
My passion is plein air using watercolour. During 2016 Geraldine Box, Sue Hibbert and I began plein air painting every Monday. We now paint with a group of about 30 artists.
This watercolour was painted in my studio during the COVID19 lockdown. The photo was gifted to me by a fellow plein air painter who took the photo of Wyadup Rock at Leeuwin National Park. The painting is painted on Arches rough 300grm – ¼ sheet.