I was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and grew up surrounded by nature. From playing in my grandparents' garden to camping trips I have always been immersed in the natural world. My earliest memories include playing with mud, reinventing my world and 'going on adventures' with my pet dog, but in reality our adventures never went further than the garden boundaries. I also played with my father's art materials, exploring my curiosity whilst ruining what I latter found out to be photographic paper.
I went on to study fine art and design in high school, followed by a diploma in photography, a jewellery apprenticeship, silversmithing, and latter a degree in landscape architecture.
In my early 20's I moved to Australia, working and living in Sydney, the harbour city provided endless inspiration with its beautiful landscapes. I currently live and work from my studio in Darwin, in the Northern Territory of Australia where I am constantly influenced by its natural environment. This tropical city has managed to capture the balance between built environment and areas of near pristine landscapes; it has a very rich bird life, in the dry season I can see the birds of prey flying above CBD buildings and in the wet season I watch the magpie geese grazing in the vast areas of grass around town. Being surrounded by so much variety of animal and plant life along with unique seasonal changes has certainly fuelled my imagination.
Traveling is also a passion, and when I indulge and visit other areas of the world, my camera and sketch book keep me company providing an endless source of ideas.
My work consists of illustrations, ceramic art and paintings, all fuelled by my deep love for nature.
I have been blessed to have my work spread throughout private collections around the world, including UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, USA, Japan and Australia to name a few. I have also been exhibiting in Darwin and other Australian cities.
I sell my work directly to collectors from my studio, at art events/exhibitions and occasionally on line.
University of New South Wales, Landscape Architecture (Sydney), 1st class honours
Ryde College of TAFE, Landscape design (Sydney)
Jacques Fabien School of silversmithing, Jewellery design and object design (Sydney)
Enmore Design College of TAFE, Jewellery (Sydney)
Ar.Co Centre for Visual Communication, Photography (Lisbon)
Antonio Arroio School for Visual Arts, Fine arts and design (Lisbon)
Exhibitions 'ABX, story country', group exhibition, Sauerbier House, Port Noarlunga, South Australia August 2017 (SALA 2017) 'Playful', solo exhibition, Tactile Arts Darwin, June 2017
'Texturized', shared exhibition with artist Bev Garside, Tactile Arts Darwin, October 2014
'The Magic Garden', group exhibition, Tactile Arts Darwin, August 2014
'Dream Menagerie' , group exhibition, Darwin Visual Arts Association, July 2014
'Sentencedzine 2nd edition’ group exhibition, Sydney (Redfern) ‘107 projects’, July 2013
'Sentencedzine 2nd edition’ group exhibition, Darwin Visual Arts Association, April 2013
'New Territories' group exhibition, 24HR Art - NT Centre for Contemporary Art, December 2012
'New Territories' group exhibition, 24HR Art - NT Centre for Contemporary Art, December 2011