After studies in Sculpture at the RMIT, Victoria, and completing a BA in English/History at the University of New England, Armidale, I practised as a Printmaker, using printmaking as a repeatable process for the exploration of ideas rather than for the sake of making editionable prints.
I have taught art and English Literature in Secondary Schools and Printmaking and Life Drawing at TAFE Colleges. I have been visiting lecturer in printmaking at Newcastle University, NSW and External Assessor in Printmaking at Adelaide University, SA. Between 2006 and 2008, through the invitation of the Department of Education and Training NSW, I ran courses in Art for HSC Teachers and Talented Students in NSW.
I have given talks on my Works on Paper at TAFE Colleges and Galleries here and overseas. At the Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery and the Lewers bequest and Penrith Regional Art Galleries, I spoke in conjunction with the exhibition of my works “Transformations” and “Unclosable Chapters”. On the invitation of the AGNSW, 1992 Teachers Study Day I spoke on “The Personal is the Political” in my Drawings. In 2003, in conjunction with a solo exhibition at La Salle Paul Trilloux, Cendre, Auvergne, France, I spoke on the Paperdrypoint prints I exhibited to the mayor and the people of Cendre. In 2005 at the Parramatta Heritage Centre, NSW I spoke in conjunction with the exhibition “Drawn Together” (Drawings of Margaret Woodward, Judy Cassab and Nora Heysen) on “What Drawing means to me”.
Between 1997 and 2008 I assisted the French Delegate Mme Lia Grambhiler in recommending Australian and Indigenous artists to participate in the Trinnale Mondiale de L’éstampe petit format, the International Triennial of small prints in France. In 2003 I was invited as Guest Artist to 6e Trinnale Mondiale Chamalières, and subsequently invited as Guest Artist to Print Triennials in Cremona, Italy and to the Print Triennial, Barat Bhavan India.
I have been involved in making Artists Books since 1990 (featured in Oz Arts Issue 9. 1994 and later, the Collection of the Queensland Library). The Artists Books I make are little “stories” based on found objects, whether these be ephemera, a line of text, a personality or an actual experience. Between the years 1997 and 2000, while doing a Post Graduate Certificate in Writing at the University of Technology, Sydney and working as a Volunteer at a Retirement Village, I continued to make Artists books. The sculptural and tactile nature of these books served as a corollary and a respite to writing.
At the same time I also became interested in translating the spontaneity of the lines in children’s drawings into prints. Some of these children’s works were subsequently incorporated into my work on war and its consequences for children.
My works on Paper are in private and public collections of Contemporary Art in Korea, France and Italy, and in Australia in the Collections of The Australian War Memorial, the Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery, The University of Sydney Union Art Collection and the Mosman Municipal Art Collection.
I have held 9 solo exhibitions and been part of Group Exhibitions here and overseas since 1976.