Friday, 20 May 2016

Happy group exhibition

19 Karen gallery has organized an exhibition of works by over 45 international artists that aim to answer one question – what makes people happy? Though they come from different backgrounds and various art genres, all participating artists have something that makes them happy and they are ready to share it with the world.

Here's my statement about the work:
The things that make me happy I've come to realise are the simplest pleasures in life. Obviously painting makes me very happy, so just to work on this piece was a joy. But the sentiment behind it is to find calm and serenity surrounded by the beauty of nature. "The Daydream" is an escape from the everyday life, to stop and have some of those child-like, naive dreams rolling around in the grass on a sunny day. What could be more simple?
For details contact the gallery

May 13th - June 30th, 2016
Location: Sofitel Gold, Coast, Broadbeach


The Daydream
acrylic on gesso board, 2016
50cm diameter, Framed 75 x 75 cm
Contact 19Karen Art Gallery for availability

Friday, 6 May 2016

Kirribillli Art Prize 2016

Very happy to announce that my painting "Fleurs sombres" is a finalist in the Kirribillli Art Prize and am also so honored that it won the People's choice award!

All finalists will be on display at the Kirribillli Centre on the 7th and 8th of May.

Fleurs sombres
acrylic on Belgian linen canvas, 2016
15.75 x 15.75 inches, 40 x 40 cm

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

New works for 3rd solo show

Well it's been quite a while since my last post! I've been a busy bee working on a new body of work for my 3rd solo show towards the end of the year at 19Karen Contemporary Artspace.

So happy with my progress so far and I feeling really excited about these new pieces. Here are some sneak peeks of what I've produced so far. Stay tuned for more:)

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Wanderlust 3 at Modern Eden Gallery

The 3rd Annual 'Wanderlust' Postcard Exhibit opens tonight at Modern Eden Gallery!

Each artist has created a piece on a postcard provided by the gallery. I am excited to be a part of this show alongside so many other amazing and inspiring artists! Please check it out if you are in San Francisco.

Click here for a show preview, pieces are selling fast so get yours while they last!

Emerald Toucanet
Acrylic on 600 gsm Pressed Paper Postcard
148x105mm 5.8" x4.1"
Hispaniolan Trogon
Acrylic on 600 gsm Pressed Paper Postcard
148x105mm 5.8" x4.1"

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Interiors group show - Copycat Violence Art Collective

This is my piece for Copycat Violence Art Collective's current exhibition, Interiors, now on view at Gristle Art Gallery. Purchasing is available online. Email for purchasing. Currently on at Gristle Art Gallery in Brooklyn NY.

acrylic on cradled wooden panel, 2015
8 x 10 inches, 20.3 x 25.5 cm

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Finding inspiration

Went for beautiful local walk down near the harbour yesterday, and found some amazing beautiful plants, especially the erythrinas 'fireman's cap', colour was so rich and intense! Spring is an amazing time of year and so inspiring!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

L'oiseau bleu for Les Petit Fours exhibition

It's only a week until Les Petit Fours opens at Friends of Leon Gallery in Sydney! Here's my completed work for the show, 'L'oiseau bleu'.

You can view all of the pieces available at or for the collectors preview with full details & pricing email or call Gallery Director, Leon:


'Les Petit Fours' International Group Exhibition
Opening Reception: Oct 22, 2015, 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition Dates: Oct 22 – Nov 8, 2015

'Les Petit Fours' is the successful culmination of an 18 month collaboration between beautiful.bizarre and Friends of Leon Gallery, born from a mutual passion for figurative art and portraiture. 'Les Petit Fours' is a carefully curated exhibition that brings together works from some of the best Australian and international New Contemporary artists and showcases the diversity of female figurative art from around the world. From sublime realism, through graphic and fashion illustration, to pop surrealism, 'Les Petit Fours' explores our society's infatuation with the female in art. It is a diverse cross-section of the New Contemporary aesthetic brought together to tempt and delight.

Syd Bee | Jana Brike | Young Chun | Rose Freymuth-Frazier | Sonya Fu | Atsuko Goto | Melissa Hartley | Melissa Haslam | Meghan Howland | Ruben Ireland | Emma Leonard | Tracy Lewis | Alexandra Manykyan | Pippa McManus | Gabriel Moreno | Hieu Nguyen | ONEQ | Cate Rangel | Emma Sheldrake | Kelly Smith | Kazuki Takamatsu | Kelly Thompson | Ania Tomicka | Henrik Uldalen | David Wells | Kate Zambrano

L'oiseau bleu
acrylic on gessoboard, 2015
34 x 34 cm artwork
50x50 framed

The painting “L’oiseau bleu” was inspired firstly by her love of French culture and the extravagance of the Rococo period. Prior to painting her “mood at the time was quite light-hearted so I knew I have to include the blue bird as a symbol of happiness”. It was only after doing some research on the blue bird that she came across some of the very first fairy tales ever written, penned by Madame d’Aulnoy who coined the phrase ‘contes de fées’. Madame d’Aulnoy wrote a tale titled “L’oiseau bleu” in 1657 which centres around the main character, beautiful and kind-hearted Florine. All is done to prevent her from marrying her Prince Charming who is cruelly turned into a blue bird. Melissa’s painting “L’oiseau bleu” is a tribute to the tale and the strong hold love can have over one’s heart.