I was born and raised 100km west of Melbourne in Ballarat, a 19th century gold rush town, and grew up in a household of arts and crafts (padded tissue boxes that gave way to elegant and sophisticated embroidery from my mother, and functional and solid woodwork from my father). A passion for all things creative guided me through childhood. In high school I explored the worlds of art and drama where, with the help of my father’s camera, I discovered photography.
I received a Bachelor of Illustrative Photography from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2000 and as the world of photography changed from analogue to digital, I continued my education and in 2003 received a Masters of Multi-Media Design from Monash University.
My images are a photomontage of lovingly collected objects such as leaves, pins, butterfly wings and lost buttons; items which are normally forgotten but inspire new meaning within my work. I digitally harvest and layer rustic textures with found objects. Taking these images, I then allow hand printed techniques such as my etching press to have the final say in bringing the image to life.