Born in Sydney. Minky spent her childhood living on Sydney’s north shore suburb of Roseville. She spent her days in her parent’s garden where she developed a love of insects and flowers. As well as drawing them she made jewellery from flowers and seed pods.
Living near water was also important in her developing appreciation of Sydney Harbour and it’s waterways.
She spent most of her childhood in boats fishing with her father.
These memories would appear in oil paintings much later.
Minky had no early 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, set stones 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.
After 12 years in Tasmania she returned to Sydney with her 2 small daughters and set up a home and studio in Pymble. 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, earnings & bracelets creating a unique style.
Minky is fortunate to have her artwork published into fine art calendars and cards which sell Australia wide.
Each year she creates a new series such as Australian Wildflowers, Small birds and Wrens, Endangered Species etc. She chooses to keep the originals and makes fine art archival museum quality prints from some of her favourites.
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.