The approach I take in certain ways reflects a childhood in remote Australia, as well as a concern with the very specific qualities of individual human beings and their connections with each other. I also have a concern with social inequalities and with emotional intensity. I find oil painting and block printing the most entrancing media for these preoccupations as they give room for attention to detail, emotional depth and vibrant colour.
'Queer Lives: Icons, Comrades and Intimates' is an exhibition produced expressly for the Feast Festival and will present different forms of portraiture in which famous and everyday citizens rub shoulders. I am passionate about challenging stereotypic images of LGBTIQ+ people and aim to provide a more diverse array of images. I have seen how those I care about have faced and continue to face rejection, discrimination and sometimes violence, as well as often battling internalisation of these issues. It is important for LGBTIQ+ people, in all their variety, to be visually present in our society as part of overcoming ongoing forms of social marginalisation.