Growing up in Montmorency in the natural bushland beauty of the Eltham Shire where art and the environment were interconnected, I developed at an early age a sense of wonder in the natural world and it is this that I share through my art. I see personality in individual plants and flowers which sometimes makes my paintings seem more like portraits than traditional florals. A brush with death changed my life and strengthened my career as an artist. On awakening from a coma following emergency brain surgery to repair a ruptured blood vessel, I was presented with an inspirational vision. I found myself in a beautiful, light-filled rose garden and this vision hastened my recovery and illuminated my path forward. This incident has made me see the world through different eyes. I see beauty surrounding me and I want to share my vision with the world.