I have lived in and around Geelong and the Surf Coast my whole life. My parents owner/built a mud brick home/studios and gallery, Moongate Studios, in the bush out the back of Bellbrae, so I used to spend most weekends and school holidays down the coast. When I moved to Anglesea 12 years ago, it really felt like I had come full circle and this was going to be where I would settle.
I have always been inspired by my natural environment. Even in my first home/studio/gallery in Geelong West I was creating ocean inspired sculptures. Now I live by the bush and beach, it’s our local abundance of birdlife that really captures my imagination. Along with our local flora and ocean living.
I was inspired by an artist in France during my travel scholarship. I won the inaugural overseas travel award at Ballarat University from my final year sculpture folio and a written piece describing all the sculpture parks and galleries I wished to visit. I lived up to my promise by visiting over 70 creative spaces all over England, parts of Europe and New York in about 3 months. In Nice, France; I met a lady who lived, created and exhibited all from the same tiny space. I loved this concept and still do it to this day. It was perfect for living off my creativity while raising my two children who are now 18 and 12.
Living and creating alongside my husband, Rowan is a blessed existence. We are able to live off the amount of private commissions I receive, plus group and solo exhibitions dotted throughout the year. I have created quite a broad range of metalwork over the years. We make gates, security doors and windows, sculptural pieces for indoors and gardens plus my new direction of sculptural jewellery. My best sellers over the years have been my custom designed mirror frames plus my whimsical sea dragon.
I always feel a great sense of joy and satisfaction when a client sees their commissioned piece for the first time. I love the process of bringing their idea into reality through design and metal fabrication.
Living on the Surf Coast in Anglesea is a wonderful experience. We are blessed with beaches and bush walks to ourselves most of the year, and a readymade audience in peak holiday months. The Surf Coast Art Space has been a welcomed addition to town thanks to the Surf Coast Shire’s arts officer. It has been a bonus to be able to exhibit art alongside the many other talented local artists.
For more images of our creative metalwork see www.cinnamonsart.comor find us on facebook and instagram. Commissions are always most welcome.
Photo credits: R Hosking