My art practice is 30 years young and involves drawing, painting and lately, some sculpture.

I think the privilege and burden to make something of what I see and share it with others, has grown in urgency in more recent times. In these uncertain days I hope to make work that demonstrate that beauty, grace and truth continue. I am searching for ways to talk about these themes using gentle, offbeat narratives and a crisp aesthetic.

Paradox is truth standing on her head trying to get attention G.K. Chesterton

2004-2006 Bachelor of Fine Art, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia.
Solo Exhibitions
2023 Everyday Sketchbook, Ipswich Gallery, QLD
2022 Animal as Object – nature and culture, Tweed Regional Gallery, N.S.W
2020 Drawing to DisPossess, Lorraine Pilgrim, Southport, QLD
2019 The Short Story, Lorraine Pilgrim, Southport, QLD
2019 Australien Future, Migration Museum South Australia
2019 Australien Future, Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, QLD
2018 Australien Future, Redland Art Gallery,  QLD
2018 Broome Sketchbook, Lorraine Pilgrim, Southport, QLD
2018 Rewind – a replay of the last decade, Lorraine Pilgrim, Southport, QLD
2015 Vogels en Dingen, Lorraine Pilgrim, Southport, QLD
2014 Recent Works, Regional Arts House, Teneriffe, QLD
2014 Objects and Ornithology. Tweed Regional Gallery, NSW
2013 Recovery- The Flood Objects Project. Ipswich Art Gallery, Ipswich,Qld.
A touring exhibition which included Dogwood Crossing Miles, Gympie Art Gallery, Rockhampton Art Gallery and The Vera Wade Gallery, Brisbane
2012 Collectie Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Coffs Harbour, N.S.W.
2011 Honestly! Lorraine Pilgrim, Broadbeach
2010 Vroom! Albury Regional Gallery, N.S.W
2009 Bugs on Toy Cars, Iain Dawson Gallery, Paddington, N.S.W.
2008 Small Wares and Trifles, Lorraine Pilgrim + Nyst Gallery, Southport, Gold Coast.
2007 Sacred and Banal – the collection continues, Hardy Brothers, Brisbane.

Interpreting the Collection- an artist’s view, Ipswich Art Gallery, Ipswich.

Banality & Sacredness – A Collection, Hardy Brothers, Brisbane.

2006 Holland, Belgium, France, Hardy Brothers, Brisbane.
2005 A Postcard a Day, Ipswich Art Gallery, Ipswich.
Prizes & Awards
2018 Winner Urban Sketching competition – The Centre for Transformative Work Design, Curtin University Western Australia
2016 Winner Best Painting Ipswich Art Awards, Ipswich
2014 Winner Best of Show, 1st Prize Still Life, Ipswich Art Awards, Ipswich
2009 Winner Sponsor’s Prize, Eutick Memorial Still Life Awards, Coffs Harbour
2008 Winner New Generation People’s Choice Award, Art Brisbane.

1st Prize Still Life section Wilston Art Show, Brisbane.

2007 Winner Best of Show: Ipswich Art Awards, Ipswich.
2005 Queensland Times Acquisition prize. Ipswich Annual Art Awards
2003 1st Prize Watercolour. Noosa Art Show, Noosa, Queensland
2002 Highly Commended – Ipswich Annual Arts Awards

Acquisition prize – Ipswich Art Gallery

2001 1st Place Watercolour. Brookfield Show, Brisbane

1st place Watercolour – Ipswich Art Awards

1st Place Local Artist – Ipswich Art Awards

Acquisition prize – Ipswich Art Gallery

Curated Finalist
2022 KAAF Art Prize, NSW
2020 Finalist Muswellbrook Art Prize, NSW
2019 Finalist Manly Artist Book Award, NSW
2018 Finalist Marie Ellis Prize for Drawing, QLD
2017 Finalist Elaine Birmingham Watercolour Landscape Prize, QLD
2016 Finalist Grace Cossington Smith Art Award, N.S.W
2016, 2014, 2010, 2008 Finalist Redland Art Awards, Cleveland Art Gallery
2016, 2013, 2011, 2008 Finalist Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Sunshine Coast
2017, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 Finalist Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
2014, 2012 Finalist Bale Painting Prize, Geelong Regional Gallery, Victoria.
2014 Finalist Glencore Percival Portrait Painting Prize, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
2014 Finalist Milburn Art Prize, Brisbane Institute of Art 2014
2012 Finalist Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, Grafton Regional Gallery
2017,2011, 2008 Finalist, Clayton Utz Art Prize, Brisbane
2016, 2014, 2011, 2008 Finalist Moreton Bay Regional Art Awards
2010, 2007 Finalist Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast.
2010 Finalist Northern Rivers Portrait Prize, Lismore Regional Gallery
2009 Finalist Salon des Refuses, S.H Erwin Gallery, N.S.W
2006 Finalist Theiss Art Prize, Dell Gallery, QCA.
Selected Curated Group Exhibitions
2022 Summer Salon 22, Lorraine Pilgrim, Southport, QLD
2020 Art Has No Borders, MArts, Murwillumbah NSW
2019 Shiver, One Space Gallery, Brisbane
2019 Pivot, One Space Gallery, Brisbane
2017 AfterImage, One Space Gallery, Brisbane
2016 Quiet Observers, Lorraine Pilgrim, Southport
2016 Still Life – ReAnimating the InAnimate, Pine Rivers Gallery
2015-2007 15 Artists, Redcliffe Regional Gallery, Brisbane.
2013 Drawing a Line Caboolture Regional Gallery
2011 Exchange, Gatakers ArtSpace, Maryborough
2010 Network, TLF show. Ballarat Regional Gallery, VIC
2010 Network, TLF show. Ballarat Regional Gallery, VIC
2009 Still Life 1930’s-present Gold Coast Art Gallery, Gold Coast

Public Art Commissions Bronze Discovery sculptures for Brisbane City Council 2022, Mural Ellen Grove for Brisbane City Council 2021, Bronze Boobook Owl sculpture for Brisbane City Council, Bradbury Park 2020 Crosscut Kookaburras Mural for Ipswich City Council, Fused Festival 2018 Frogmouth Teapot Mural for Brisbane City Council, Brisbane Canvas 2018 Graceville Wunderkammers for Brisbane City Council 2016 Wellington Point Mural for Redland City Council 2017 William Jolly Bridge Projection for Brisbane City Council 2017

Teaching and Tutoring

Sessional lecturing Australian Catholic University 2018, Grampian Brushes, Vic 2022, 2019, McGregor Winter School 2018-2022, St Margaret’s 2017-2020, All Saints Anglican College 2016-2018, St Peter’s Springfield 2016, 2015, Graceville Community 2015, Christ the King, Graceville 2015, Graceville State School 2015, McGregor Summer School, Toowoomba 2015, 2021, Ipswich Arts Alive 2013, Clayfield College 2010, Brave Art Classes 2003-2007

Artist in Residencies

Coomera Anglican 2021, All Saints Anglican College 2014, Coorparoo State School, Brisbane, 2016 – 2008, St Margaret’s 2016, All Saints Merrimac 2104, Westside Christian College, Ipswich, 2008, 2011, Ipswich Art Gallery, Ipswich, 2007, Robertson State School. 2007, Bardon State School, 2001


Children’s Hospital, Brisbane 2021, Redland Art Gallery 2019, HOTA Gold Coast Art Gallery 2018, Brisbane City Council 2016, Ipswich Art Gallery 2018, 2013, 2008, 2005, 2002, 2001, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery 2009, Gold Coast University Hospital 2014, Mater Private Hospital, Springfield 2016. Private collections in Australia, Netherlands.

2018 Arts Qld funding Professional Development
2017 Arts Qld funding Professional Development, RADF funding for Professional Development
2012 Australian Artist Grant (Janet Holmes a Court Artist Grant)
2011 RADF funding for Professional Development
2009 Janet Holmes a Court Artist Grant August round 2009
2008 RADF funding for concept development of ‘Parables’ series
2007 RADF funding for 10 week artist in residency at Ipswich Art Gallery
  • Martin-Chew, Louise. Crossing the Line Catalogue essay.  August 2018
  • Lund, Michael. Top Spot. Courier Mail, Friday 1st Feb 2013
  • Wolffe, Sharne Recovery Art Notes, Art Monthly, March 2013
  • Browne, Sally Tide of Memories U on Sunday, Sunday Mail, 13th Jan, 2013
  • Hallesy, Darren. ‘Exhibition features paintings….’ Ipswich Life Magazine pg. 12
  • Gould, Joel. ‘Artist paints emotions left in wake of 2011 flood’ QT 5th Jan 2013
  • Front cover Paradise Magazine, Gold Coast Bulletin Dec 11, 2010
  • Art Almanac. Front cover and profile page 5. February
  • Kubler, Alison. Catalogue essay ‘Untold Stories’ Lorriane Pilgrim + Nyst Gallery, Feb
  • Girdham, Ronnie. ‘Toy Story revives past’ The Sunday Mail, Feb 28, pg 16
  • Franklin, Adrian. ‘Collecting the 20th Century’ UNSW Press, image of portrait page 2.
  • Clarke, Suzanna. ‘Forensic Innocence of Castaways’ The Courier Mail Mar 26 pg 52
  • Australian Artist. Image of Niccole Warren portrait April edition, page 2
  • Girdham, Ronnie. ‘Fresh in the Frame’ The Sunday Mail, Feb 3, pg 14
  • Saint Martin, Marina. ‘Deb’s dab with ‘sacred, banal’ Weekend Bulletin, May 17 pg 16
  • Machan, Kim. Art Notes QLD, Art Monthly Australia, Issue 204, pg 47
  • Ambrey, Katelyn. ‘Forgotten Objects Fill Exhibition’ Queensland Times Oct 20, pg 25
  • Girdham, Ronnie. ‘Strong Signals’ The Sunday Mail, Dec 16, pg 15
  • Berry, Petrina. ‘European Sojourn inspires work’ South West News Feb 1, pg 43
  • ‘Bellbird Park Artist wins accolade’ The Satellite, April 20, pg 27
  • ‘Bellbird Park Artist wins accolade’ The Satellite, April 20, pg 27
  • Murdoch, Scott. ‘Exhibition opens to big crowds’ Queensland Times April 12 pg 3
  • Quinn, Ellen. ‘Artist ready to defend her title’ Queensland Times March 25