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Education & Training

2012 to present, ongoing – researches on history of reverse glass painting in Croatian tradition and in the UK, looking at reverse sign writing, portraiture and other trends        2016 – participated in a skills exchange to learn water gilding on glass
2011 – met and observed practices of several contemporary reverse glass painters including Katarina Krvarić and Željko Seleš, visited the legendary Ivan Večenaj (d.2013)
2010-2011 – mentored by Ivica Fišter, internationally exhibited and collected Croatian Naïve Artist in Zagreb, Croatia, for which I learned to speak Croatian
1999-2000 – solo travelling through Europe, from Norway to Spain and England to Ukraine, during which time I painted dozens of postcards and produced several illustrated journals
1996 – graduated with a BA degree in Literature from Willamette University, Salem Oregon USA

 

Solo Exhibitions

2015Through a Looking Glass Conway Hall as part of the British Croatian Society’s Creative Croatia event series, London
2012Bears of Medvednica Radionica Okvira Ullrich, Zagreb Croatia
2010Paintings in Watercolour and Oil on Glass Radionica Okvira Ullrich, Zagreb Croatia

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016Magic Lamp, Brighton Artists Open Houses, Brighton
2013Little Gems, Green Tree Gallery, Haywards Heath
20111st International Meeting of Naïve Artists, Zagreb Croatia
201114th Annual Miniature Exhibition, Novi Dvori Croatia

 

Press

December 2016 – Article on my reverse glass painting workshops in Burgess Hill About Town magazine
December 2016 – Article on Expat Artists Network in the Diplomatic Services Families Association magazine, Carousel

 

Public Speaking

2015Caring and My Creative Practice, Hassocks Carers, Hassocks, West Sussex
2014The Croatian Naïve and Me, British Croatian Society, Croatian Embassy, London
2013 Introduction to the Croatian Naïve, Open Studios, Burgess Hill, West Sussex

 

Teaching, Workshops and Creative Carers Activities

April 2016 to present, monthly on demand – reverse glass painting workshops, to students of all levels
May 2016 to present, on demand – running activity tables for local Carer Support Pamper Days, not profit making
2014 to present, weekly – student-led kids’ art class exploring media while building creative confidence, skills and resilience, developing individual projects over time
2014 to present, on demand – Creative Carers workshops in a range of media, sharing art and caring resources and offering support to improve mental well-being, not profit making
2014 – founded Creative Carers to support carers wanting to develop their creative interests
2013 to present, annually – running free workshop for all ages/abilities as part of the Burgess Hill Summer Festival
2011 – organized and led a four part series of gallery and studio visits taking collectors and students to see masterpieces of the tradition and visiting contemporary Croatian Naïve artists

 

Collaborative Projects and Events

March 2015 to present – working with Gallery Muro, a London-based art consulting firm specialising in promoting art to interior designers, to place my work in new environments August through December 2016 – working with Wakehurst Place, West Sussex, to handcraft and design lanterns/illuminations for their 2016 winter festival Glow Wild
2011 – attended 1st Int’l Meeting of Naïve Artists, Galerija Mirko Virius, Zagreb Croatia

 

Public Collections

Night Owls 2010, held since 2011 by Hrvatsko Društvo Naivnih Umjetnika (HDNU) / Croatian Association of Naïve Artists, Galerija Mirko Virius, Zagreb Croatia

 

Private Collections

My work is in collections across the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Croatia, Germany, Malta, Italy and Israel

 

Public Commissions

October through December 2016 – design and creation of an original lantern feature  for Wakehurst Place, West Sussex, after my design won their call for a new work

 

Private Commissions

2016 to 2017 – commission for large original artwork for South Africa / UK based client   2015 – private commission for a client in Canada                                                                 2012 to 2013 – three private commissions for clients in the USA, Malta and Germany 2010 to 2011 – private commissions for six separate clients based in Croatia

 

Professional Memberships

Association of British Naive Artists, Be Smart About Art, a-n: The Artists Information Company, Blue Monkey Network, and Creatives Across Sussex