Born in Sydney. Minky had no formal training in art or jewellery making, working instead as a secretary. She married and moved to Tasmania. It was here she concentrated on making jewellery. Her first collection was hand painted bangles and earrings finding a ready market in local boutiques.
She taught herself silversmithing learning from books to solder and lost wax casting.
At this time she developed a keen interest in detailed botanical drawing. She quickly became proficient in the art of making sterling silver jewellery, using semi-precious stones and opened a boutique selling her jewellery and interior fashion items.
While working as a professional jeweller using silver and gold, semi-precious and precious gems and opals she found time to study miniature painting and printmaking. Minky found a natural affinity in sometimes combining all 3 disciplines in the one piece of artwork.
Using her skills as a jeweller to carve and fashion mainly Australian native timbers, Minky incorporates gemstones in her necklaces, earrings and bracelets creating a unique style.
Since 2018 Minky has enjoyed the freedom of expression. Painting with oils and acrylics.
Her abundant garden houses many of the little creatures that make their way into her artworks with insects being of special interest. Minky’s attention to detail, love of colour and delight in nature combined with her quirky sense of fun has led her work being held In National and International collections.
EXHIBITIONS, AWARDS AND COLLECTIONS.
The Kauri Project 2010. Held in Botanic Gardens Tree Cycle 2016. Held in Botanic Gardena Mosman 2088 Exhibitions 2017, 2018, 2019. Mosman Art Gallery Major awards in Australian Society Of Miniature Art National Awards Exhibition.
Richard Gill (conductor)
HRH Duchess of Gloucester.
Her Excellency Marie Bashir