Cattai Ridge, 1976
watercolour on crumpled Japanese paper

"Her strength is in draftsmanship and sensitive observation of trees and their branching. She discovers lyrical grace in twisting limbs as in 'Bush Moot', 'View of the Lane Cove River', 'Broken Branch'.” ~ Elizabeth Young, The Advertiser (1972)


The artist favours watercolour for flower and nature studies and has produced countless portrait studies in watercolour, including babies and children.  She sometimes combines watercolour with mixed-media, pen, and pencil, using pure watercolour for landscape compositions and more finished portraits.  The compositions for the artist’s major acrylic paintings are developed through preliminary watercolour sketches.

Her landscape compositions are influenced by the poetic approach of Chinese masters who capture the essence of a scene after immersing themselves in the environment. This all-encompassing perspective is in direct contrast to the limiting “snapshot” view painted at the scene.  In some of her watercolour landscapes she paints on crumpled Japanese paper to create a shimmering textural effect.

Watercolours Filtered by Medium: Mixed Media
8 Works to view
8 Works to view

  • Mona masticating, 2006
    gouache and watercolor over giclée
    29 x 21 cm
  • Anatomy of a smile: Mona's bones, 2002
    watercolour, gouache, pencil over giclée
    24 x 19 cm
    (published in Draw Like Da Vinci, 2006)
  • Ash Wednesday Bushfire, 1986
    watercolour and burnt paper collage
    98 x 71 cm
  • The Incurable Romantic (Colleen Burke, poet), 1983
    watercolour and collage on panel
    100 x 77.5 cm
  • Bus shelter, Parramatta Road, Sydney University stop opposite Ross Street, with marbling doodle, 1978
    watercolour, pencil and crayon
    18 x 25 cm
  • Uncle Ted in Dressing Gown, 1960
    watercolour, pen and crayon
    53 x 36 cm
  • Port Adelaide Harbour, 1959
    watercolour & crayon
    46 x 33.5 cm
  • Two Gums, Frome Road, Adelaide, 1959
    watercolour, pencil and cray-pas
    37 x 26.5 cm

Watercolours : Mixed Media 8 Works to view
Watercolours : Mixed Media 8 Works to view

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