Paula currently lives, and works from her studio, in Walcha NSW; an area that abounds spectacular subjects in nature where she sources much of her inspiration. She shares her life with her two young children and husband Nick, along with their animals and surrounding wildlife.
After a long spell in the creative industry, and following a career in marketing and graphic design, Paula took her art to an exhibiting and commercial level again in 2013, capturing Australia’s wild and vast landscapes and bushland through her works.
“My art is a continuous journey of development. I look deep into a landscape and extract the subtleties and connotations that lie within. My aim is to evoke emotion and a sense of place through movement, form, depth and colour. I create connections with the Australian bush and rural landscapes to allow for a deeper understanding of the compelling beauty, the wild, the rugged and the mysteriousness that our unique landforms behold”.
Paula’s distinct style depicts the essence of Australia’s landscapes using primarily pastel, oil stick and acrylic, on paper and board. Paula’s works are known for her bold use of colour and accentuated and deliberate lines and marks to form her landscapes and compositions.
Paula has previously undertaken a one month Art, Place & Culture workshop in Central Australia. The group camped with remote aboriginal communities and immersed themselves in the outback and art centres. This experience, and other visits to Australia’s outback, has largely influenced Paula’s work, particularly her abstract works.
In 2002 Paula travelled to Spain to spend time painting alongside the late Piers Dudley-Bateman at his Spanish home near Casarabonela in the Andalucía region. As an acclaimed and influential Australian landscape artist, and having worked alongside other acclaimed artists such as Arthur Boyd and Charles Blackman, Piers continued to be Paula’s mentor until 2015 when he passed.