Please introduce yourself and where we are today…
studio in Paddington, Sydney.
to have found this space, to give my artwork a physical presence. It’s a
wonderful change of pace to be talking to customers about the pieces in the gallery, instead of describing prints and frames to them over email or
Instagram! My photographs aren’t your typical pixel perfect scenes printed on metallic stock, there’s a realism to them – they have elements of a bygone era, playing on nostalgia, with hazy, warm horizons and a film-like grain. I want people to come in, absorb the photographs, look for people they might know on the beach, reminisce about their travels, and perhaps connect with a piece that they are then able to take home with them.
say that photography is my passion. I lived in Bondi and Tamarama for a good three years, where I would wake up before sunrise, walk to the beach and take photos along the coast before going to work everyday. All my spare time was spent editing photos and procuring a style that was different to other photographer’s work. Moving to Sydney when I was 28 created a whole new canvas for what work could be for me. I’ve had incredible professional experience in Australia, and been lucky enough to work with outrageously inspirational people. I’m a true believer in 'do what you have to do, until you can do what you want to do’, which is where I am now, in William Street, in my beautiful store, surrounded by these photographs.
moment I love Bronte Pool Cooler which is a scene from the pool at Bronte Beach with delicious textures and detail, and the Palm Series which features a palm from Avalon, one from Bondi and one from Waikiki – three of my favourite places to visit.
What artworks have you got hanging in your home?
home should have a personal connection. I have The Blue Room in our living room, it was shot in Udaipur, Rajasthan, when we visited India a couple of years ago for my partner’s cousin's wedding. We have Salty in our bedroom, which is a lone surfer on Wategos Beach – shot in Byron Bay, our go-to holiday destination in Australia. We are currently renovating to make space for our baby girl arriving in May, and I am putting a large Bods of Bondi in the hallway on the way to her bedroom, so she can be near the beach as she sleeps.
to have her influence and fine-tune my style. Although largely contemporary, I love both modern and mid-century pieces, and have a bohemian-like penchant for plants. We have a gigantic Bird of Paradise in our living room that is nearly 4 meters high – it’s going to have to move to the courtyard soon, which in itself is a beautiful urban jungle we have cultivated over the last few years, with overflowing bougainvillea, it’s amazing for entertaining.
Australia with such amazing emerging contemporary artists. We have a huge Ash Holmes in our house which I adore. We (my fiancé and I) are in the process of turning the space above the boutique into our office, which I recently bought a Claire Kirkup piece for. It has big pink splashes and perfectly composed smears of paint, it brings such good energy to a place of work!
beautiful flowers at home, and it’s something that definitely brushed off on
me. I love the smell of lilies in the kitchen, and gardenia or daphne in the
bedroom. At the moment I have both blue and green hydrangeas in the shop. Flowers to me are as much an experience as they are a decoration.
Can you share with us your favourite ECOYA products?
entrance to my boutique and it’s the most divine scent to have float through every time someone comes in. Ecoya have absolutely nailed the sanitizer, it has to be the first one that has literally zero alcohol smell to it. I use the surface spray in the same fragrance for my kitchen at home, even my partner loves it – I catch him using it at any opportunity he gets :)