Paula has a deep connection with the Australian landscape, having grown up among the bush near Paterson in NSW’s Hunter Valley and spending 7 years living on the historic Camden Park property whilst at secondary school. Both these places significantly influenced Paula’s love and respect of nature and the land, where she spent many occasions exploring with a sketch pad in hand, documenting her surrounds.
Paula currently lives, and works from her studio, in Walcha NSW; an area that abounds spectacular subjects in nature where she sources much of her inspiration. Paula's distinct style depicts the essence of Australia's landscapes using predominately oil and gouache, and her works are known for her bold use of colour, textures and mark-making to form her landscapes and compositions.
“My art is a continuous journey of discovery as I explore, through painting, our incredible and diverse environments around the country. I look deep into a landscape and extract the subtleties and connotations that lie within. My aim is to evoke emotion and a sense of place through movement, form, depth and colour. I create connections with the Australian bush and environments to allow for a deeper understanding of the compelling beauty, the wild, the rugged and the mystery our unique land-forms behold.”
Paula has undertaken a number of residencies and painting trips. Of particular significance to her was a one-month Art, Place & Culture workshop in Central Australia. The group camped with remote aboriginal communities and immersed themselves in the outback and art centres. This experience, and other visits to Australia's outback, has largely influenced Paula's work, often reflected through her choice of colours and loose approach to painting to capture the vastness of the landscapes.
In 2002 Paula travelled to Spain to spend one-on-one time painting alongside the late Piers Dudley-Bateman at his Spanish home near Casarabonela in the Andalucía region. As an acclaimed and influential Australian landscape artist and having worked alongside other acclaimed artists such as Arthur Boyd and Charles Blackman, Piers continued to encourage and influence Paula's work until 2015 when he passed.