Chaos and confusion follow me, but I'd rather hang out with pen and paper - they give me breathing space.

BACKSTORY

At the age of 16, it was suggested by my mother that I'd be better off going to art school rather than completing the HSC. Bless you mum because from here my creative career was forged. However, it took another two decades and four children before I returned to study and gained an honours degree in graphic design. Based in Newcastle, Australia, I've enjoyed 15 years in the graphic desig in corporate, promotional and digital illustration for clients both locally and interstate. My future goal is to produce a fully illustrated children's book. After 8 years managing my own business, Speak Design, I took a slight detour from the industry to concentrate on teaching and doctoral study. This has brought me back full circle to where both design and teaching skills combine in a service that includes the development and facilitation of creative arts programs. 

In the face of judgement and rejection, I have included a series of personal works in Journal Art. In a non-professional context, my hope is to engage the viewer in a space of reflection and connection with the imagery. The sharing of self-expression sets this portfolio apart from others because it exposes the underbelly of a professional designer through visual musings, and a blog. Oh yes, I'm also a writer. I've specialised in corporate, promotional and digital illustration for clients both locally and interstate. Specialising in all aspects of print design and illustration, I am also actively involved in fostering a creative community through arts and health program Drawing Memories,

 through a desire to be seen as an individual, rather than an enigma behind the scenes. So here I am, ready to showcase the work I have done. It's as eclectic as my taste in music and clothing, but it presents a diversity in style, media and creative services suitable for companies, communities and individuals. It seems like it's all about me, but it's actually more about you, and what I can provide for you. 

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Based in Newcastle, Australia,

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