The Extended Version
It all started from growing up in a rural town in Central West NSW, in a creative family surrounded by music, drawing, and photography. We often had international visitors, which sparked my interest in travel, letter writing and the desire to connect with different cultures and places. It wasn’t long before I made friends in all corners of the globe and began planning my worldwide adventures.
After completing a Bachelor of Visual Art (Photography) degree, at Newcastle University in 1994, I moved to Sydney and began working with other photographers and clients doing TV, theatre, music concerts and film shoots for Sydney Theatre Company, Drum Media, PMP Media and Create Studios.
I then switched gears and moved into travel photography. I sold everything I had (except my cameras!) and bought a plane ticket to London. Upon arrival, I bought a blue Kombi van and spent the next year traveling through 22 countries, photographing and writing about each one along the way. I worked closely with YHA Australia during this time, photographing as many Youth Hostels as possible for their photo collection and writing articles for numerous magazines.
My work has been published in Lonely Planet guides, The Sunday Telegraph, Australian Photography, Backpacker Essentials, Better Photography, Creative Techniques, Photography International, House & Garden, Home Beautiful, Better Homes & Gardens and The Land.
Upon my return to Australia, I worked with Ilford Imaging, Ken Duncan’s Created For Life Studio and began teaching workshops in travel photography. My love of writing, and more specifically, letter writing, gave me a strong passion for all things paper and stationery, so I turned my photographs into a series of greeting cards which have sold worldwide for over 15 years.
After my children were born, I discovered the world of scrapbooking, which was a more formal way of combining my stories and photographs, instead of my well worn journals and photo albums! I became the Photography Editor for My Reflections and Scrapbooking Memories magazines for 5 years. Scholastic Australia also commissioned me for a series of 12 magazines called ‘Scrapbook Sistas’, aimed towards young teens.
My artwork and articles have also been published in Somerset Studio, The Stampers Sampler, Creating Keepsakes, Take Ten, Handmade, Simply Cards Magazine, Scrapbook Creations, Cardmaking & Papercraft, For Keeps Creative Scrapbooking, Memory Makers, Scrapbook Trends, Paper Crafts and Country Home Ideas.
In 2004 my first series of craft products were released with Stamp-It and Personal Impressions UK, which featured rubber stamps, papers and embellishments. I began teaching creative workshops worldwide and became a Certified Ranger Instructor. Jason Products NZ also licensed my frangipani images for their homeware ranges.
With a desire to do something good in the world, I signed up for the See The World Challenge with the Fred Hollows Foundation and embarked on a fund-raising journey to help those who are needlessly blind. In 2005, I travelled to Nepal with the foundation to see the work first hand in an eye hospital at Kathmandu, followed by a trek through the Langtang region. Upon my return, I held an exhibition at the Erina Arts Centre Gallery to commemorate the work of the foundation and the Nepalese people and landscape.
In 2007, along with my husband Stewart, we founded Darkroom Door, an art & craft manufacturing company specialising in rubber stamps and paper products with a strong photographic element to the design. Darkroom Door currently exports to over 20 countries and has won several awards in manufacturing, export and creative design.
I enjoyed being a regular TV presenter on Scrap It TV for all 7 seasons, guest speaker at Ourimbah University Art Faculty, Sydney Photo & Imaging Expos and brand ambassador for Brother International and Polaroid.
My lifelong desire to connect with people and live a creative life has lead to teaching in-person workshops and online classes in photography, art and mixed media. I’ve enjoyed teaching art journaling on the Wanderlust and Creative Jump Start online workshops. I’ve also taught in-person workshops throughout Australia, UK, South Africa, Netherlands, France, Malaysia, New Zealand and Japan, along with hosting events on cruises throughout the South Pacific. My desire to combine my love of travel, art and photography together will surely lead me and my tribe along many more adventures in the future!
Thanks so much for reading this far, I hope you will continue to join me on this wild creative ride!