My PhD completed in 2007 at the University of Tasmania explored the complexity of artistic collaboration. My research areas of interest are visual arts, visual arts education, leadership, creative collaboration and group dynamics. I have been employed in a continuing position in the university sector since 2004.
My contribution to quality learning, teaching and research has been recognised through a series of awards including a USQ School-Specific Publication Excellence Award - Journal Article (2nd place, 2017; 3rd place 2016; 2015), USQ Publication Excellence Award - Authored Book (2015, Third place), Vice Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2014, USQ), Team Commendation Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2013, USQ), Faculty Excellence in Research (Early Career) Award (2012, USQ), a Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (2010, USQ) the Australian Learning and Teaching Council's National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2008, UTAS); a Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award (2007, UTAS); Teaching Merit Certificates (2008, 2007, 2004, UTAS) and a Mentoring Award (2005, UTAS). I have an extensive teaching background across all facets of education, in addition to maintaining my arts practice. An interest in collaborative practice and creativity underpins my teaching.
I am also a practising artist who has had 10 solo exhibitions and 47 group exhibitions with forty one of these being invitational. I have received a number of significant awards throughout my career including the Australia Council’s New Media Residency to Banff, Canada, the Martin Hanson Memorial Art award and the National Dame Mary Durack Outback Award. My work is held in a number of collections including the Bundanon Trust Art Collection, the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery and the Wesley Hospital Art Collection. I have undertaken residencies at Arthur Boyd’s Bundanon Property, the Australian Tapestry Workshop and Manning Clark House. I have received a number of grants includign from the Ian Potter Foundation, Craft Queensland, Pat Corrigan, Arts Queensland and my work has been selected to tour regional Queensland through the Queensland Arts Council. Most recently I have been included in an exhibition which has received Australia Council for the Arts funding and was recently exhibited at the '10 Days on the Island' event in Tasmania.
During 2015 I was awarded a Australian Government ANZAC Centenary Arts and Culture Public Fund Grant with Dr Martin Kerby from St Joseph's Nudgee College in Brisbane. The grant supported a sound and light show using the heritage listed buildings of the school to 'reveal' the stories of past students and their war time experience. I was one of the lead artists on a 2014 Queensland ANZAC Centenary Grant and was responsible for the design and creation of a six panel textile artwork. The outcomes of both grants were exhibited at the college on October 24, 2015. Dr Kerby and I were awarded a 2017 Queensland Anzac Centenary Spirit of Service Grant and presented the outcomes in October of that year at the State Library of Queensland.
Dr Kerby and I were awarded a 2019/20 Princeton University Library Research Grant to and in Jan/Feb 2020 undertook a month long fully funded residency for their project titled 'Encountering the Wind from the East: The artistic voice of Mary Shepard'.
I am currently the President of Art Education Australia (AEA), the national peak body for visual arts education, and also a representative member for visual arts education on the National Advocates for Arts Education (NAAE) group.