My art drops a thread through aspects of the ecology, geology and deep time history of natural systems. My process of creating art is a learning experience and I have an active interest in scientific model making. As I travelled across Australia and abroad learning from scientists, indigenous elders and conservationists about the special natural environments which they have studied and cared for, I envisaged an interactive educational website that would share their stories of country. As a consequence I developed SciArt, a website which along with showcasing my art allows access to the knowledge shared that has inspired my art.
Through SciArt I give conservationists, traditional owners and scientists an opportunity to share their knowledge. These are people who are working to preserve environments and have important messages which they want to share with the outside world. Teachers have told me that their students find SciArt intriguing and that my website is a wonderful visual literacy tool. I am very glad to see that the methodology which I have developed to create my art can be used as an educational tool.
With Aunty Carol Pettersen OAM I am a co-founder of the Genestreams Songlines Sculptures initiative. My artistic collaborator is scientific illustrator Mali Moir. The public art project unites conservation initiatives with science and seeks to present both indigenous and non-indigenous artists work from communities.
Spending time in the natural environments which are the theme of my work is a critical component of my methodology. In partnership with scientific illustrator Mali Moir I co-founded the Art of Nature Foundation Course – This course teaches artists how to partner with ecotourism, see the complexity of natural systems and provides access to scientific illustration skills.