I was 35 before I taught myself to paint. I could see an opportunity for some postcards of our local town but photographs were not challenging enough for me so I set out to paint the beaches of Yamba/ Angourie. I took a leap of faith and printed 6,000 postcards. 1,000 each of my six best paintings. I distributed them to local businesses. In just a few weeks I was receiving calls for more. This encouraged me to take a drive to Byron Bay and paint another set of six. Once again they sold extremely well. I continued to paint several more sets which included Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Noosa, Sydney and smaller beach side towns.
I set up a little gallery in an old fishing shed. It need a lick of paint but it suited just fine. Through these humble beginnings I saved enough to open my first gallery called Coast and Country Art in Yamba. I conducted children’s and adult classes as well as run a gallery gift shop for several years, selling thousands of my post cards, greeting cards and prints. I worked many hours completing commissions and keeping up with the demand for my work.
I met my husband Harry when he came into my store to buy a painting. After a few years we bought a retail space in the small hamlet of Angourie. I set up my new gallery Silk and Sand, where we sold gifts, fashion, coffee and cake. With the help of my daughter Lindsay, we enjoyed another ten years until retiring to concentrate on my art and Grandchildren.
Concentrating on larger works I have set up a lovely space downstairs in our home where we continue to run the Silk and Sand gallery as well as Airbnb accommodation at 27 Pacific St, Angourie.