In my teens art and writing were my refuge and my escape. It was where I could find and explore my thoughts and feelings about the world.
I did an undergraduate degree in Art History and Philosophy before it became blindingly obvious that writing about other artists was profoundly frustrating and all I wanted to do was make art myself. So I did a post graduate diploma in visual art.
In my 20’s art was everything. Almost all dreams, all answers, all paths were linked to art making. It was the promised land.
In my 30’s I moved to the country and confused myself by not making much art and getting into radio.
I’m now in my 40’s and I still make art but not much. Much of the striving in my 20’s has imprinted itself so deeply that I struggle to be in the studio without making something amazing and meaningful and saleable.
I have a little note on the wall of my studio that says: ‘Stop trying to be an artist. Just make art.’ Because that is where the joy is.
Here are some events ordered chronologically
2021 Finish Saltgrass Season 3 and start season 4
Saltgrass listed as one of the top 5 podcasts to listen to on Climate
Saltgrass listed as a finalist in the Jackson Wild Media Awards
2020 Produce Seasons 2 and 3 of Saltgrass Podcast
2019 Me, My Selfie and I at Lot 19
2018 Produced An Environment for Change radio series
2018 Position at MASG changes to Communications Officer and Office Manager
2017 Start as Development Officer at MASG (Mount Alexander Sustainability Group)
2016 While still manager at MAINfm the station won the 2016 Community Broadcasting Association of Australia’s award for Most Outstanding Small Station.
2016 Wordmills and Baboons solo show at Lot 19
2016 Art Swank special series The Bigger Picture goes to air as Allie and Robyn retire from the show after three years and hand over to new presenters.
2015-16 Content Producer and Office Manager for MAINfm
2015-16 Dja Dja Wurrung Radio series – produced by Rick Nelson and Alison Hanly and aired on MAINfm. This series was selected as a finaist in the Reconciliation Victoria Awards 2016.
2014 Anchor of the Breakfast Club, MAINfm’s breakfast show
2014 Radio series on the Prevention of Violence Against Women
2013 Winner of the Off the Cliff award for short film Hairy Women
2012 Not a Canary a collection of paintings on frogs
2008 Now She Remembers solo show at fortyfive downstairs, Melbourne.
2006/07 Artist Residency at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne