Environment and life experiences drive my art making practice. Last year’s trip to Russia informs my more recent work. Cornelian Bay, Hobart, and my close domestic situation of house, garden and ‘tuxedo’ cat inform other works. Russia has provided a wealth of visual imagery and history to underpin my focus. Soviet ideologies are still evident as ‘brutalist’ representations of workers, females labouring equally with males. ‘Mother Volga’ dominates much landscape though in contradiction to contemporary disenfranchisement of women in Russia. I am visually addicted to pattern. It dictates my art making practice and is a dominant style feature.