I was born in Sydney but have lived in regional NSW and travelled widely. I am inspired by the natural environment, also using natural material in my work, but my influences are a diverse range of work, from contemporary Australian and Chinese art to my Irish Heritage.
2021 Waverley/Woollahra 9x5 Landscape Prize
Moreton Bay Art Prize 2013; Flannery Art Prize 2012; Sydney Water Earth Prize 2008; GOYA 2008 (Highly Commended); Pyrmont Art Prize (2007) (Highly Commended)
BirdLife Australia National Congress September 2012,
Big Sky Gallery, Bellingen, May/June 2011
Dúlra (Nature) Tap Gallery, Sydney, September 2008
Solitary Islands Marine Park Local History Project
Desire Lines (with Janet Reinhardt and Sally Merrett) :Desire Lines #1 Balmain Watchhouse, Sydney, January 2010; Desire Lines #2 Bondi Pavilion, Sydney, April 2010; Desire Lines #3 Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown December 2010; Separations (multi media, with Janet Reinhardt, John Bennett and John Laidler) Balmain Watchhouse Balmain 2011; Natural INKuiry The Shop Gallery, Glebe (with Janet Reinhardt) 2018; New Year, New Art, Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery 2019.
Some other Group Shows
Nexus Members Shows 2010 - 2019; Bellingen Art Prize 2010, 2011; Caldera Art Prize 2010; Soul Food Bowraville 2011; Summer Sessions, Matilda Street Gallery, Macksville, Dec/Jan 2012- 2019; Worth Words, from China to Valla Beach Aug/Sept 2012; Bellingen Art Week 2013; Landscapology, Blue Mountains Visitor Centre Gallery 2013; Nexus Pop Up Gallery Bellingen 2013.
Since a child I was encouraged to read and have written both poetry and fiction.
I completed an MA Writing at the University of Technology, Sydney, and was awarded the Patricia Hackett Prize for short fiction. I am a recipient of an Emerging Writer Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts, as well as a residency at Bundanon, Arthur and Yvonne Boyd's gift to the nation.
More recently, my novel The Crushers was selected for the Queensland Writers Centre/ Hachette Publishers 2009 manuscript development program for and another novel (currently in editing) Life at Sea, was forwarded to the second round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel of the Year 2012 ahead of 4,000 others.
A story for Halloween:
My sister Clare Antoinette Rodden left us aged 47. She was a respected librarian and perhaps, given the right conditions, might have also been an artist. Below are a few of her childhood paintings, plus an article from the Library Journal, InCite, and, as she had a great sense of humour, one of her on one of our 'dressing up days'.