“I have drawn and painted for as long as I can remember. I was a painting teacher for Connie Gordon, an American artist, going into people’s homes and other venues, to teach oil painting to groups. As far as myself, I painted in all media, with my favourites being acrylic, watercolour and pastels. I ‘ve been fortunate to study with a large number of artists, learning a lot to pass onto my students. I have been teaching art at Warooka for 27 years and am lucky to have a large studio at my home with eight students coming weekly for tuition. They paint in whatever medium they choose and we also paint memory boxes for the Adelaide Womens and Childrens Hospital and Flinders Medical Centre, for the parents of stillborn and early death children, to store memorabilia. For my bat, I chose to do a kookaburra sitting in an old gumtree (as the song goes) and because the name Kookaburra is synonymous with Australian cricket bats”.