Febe is a full time artist, best known for her emotive, vibrant landscapes and soulful, emotional figurative pieces. Her work has devoted followers throughout Australia and internationally.
Febe began her career as a registered nurse. Her passion and need for art grew after the birth of her daughter in the late 1990s and treatment for post-natal depression and anxiety and subsequent diagnosis of Bi-Polar Affective Disorder. She began painting as a way of quietening the noise in her head and as an emotional outlet, but soon discovered her instinctive and organic style held wider appeal.
Her mental health experience became a life changing catalyst and she left a successful nursing career to follow a quest for artistic knowledge and expression which resulted in the completion of a Diploma of Visual Arts. Creating art is a significant part of her recovery and a continued daily practice providing an outlet to express her emotions.
Highly symbolic, Febe’s practice flits between figurative, abstract, landscape and expressionistic styles, featuring figures with recurring motifs such as birds (totems), animals, dolls, balloons and masks. Shapes, scribbles and written words often appear from within the textured layers of my work, sometimes visible sometimes covered over.
Febe utilises a wide variety of materials to achieve her finishes, combinations of oil, acrylic and enamel paints, charcoal, ink, coffee, bitumen and collaged fabrics/materials. Rather than adhering to a set genre, style or compositional makeup, she allows the work itself to dictate how stories are told, each one an experimentation in colour, layering, materials and narrative. The message behind Febe’s art has always trumped the medium. Whether it is through a painting or drawing, she enjoys viewer finding a personal connection with her art either emotionally or within their own life’s journey.