It has been quite an experience curating this group exhibition!
I planned everything months in advance. The artworks were framed, website up, marketing done, and all 6 artists were ready for the party! One week away from the official opening, which was going to host about 150 people, the news of COVID-19 spreading at incredible speed around the world, revealed a need for urgent change in our plans. Having a gathering of that size, or even half that size was off the cards.

So we decided to cancel the opening, but hang the artwork anyway so visitors have the opportunity to come and see the artwork when they please in a safer environment.

Knowing that attendance will be very low, we also made this short video (below) introducing the realist group show, as well as longer walkthrough video that provides a virtual alternative to physically walking through the gallery. All this can be found on the website as well as images of all the artworks and information about each artist. I hope you take this opportunity to explore it form the comfort of your home. I hope it helps to lift your spirits in these uncertain times. ūüôā

The exhibition remains open, all enquiries can be made through Black Spot Gallery or myself.
Gallery contact details: Black Spot Gallery & Studios
20 Milgate Drive, Mornington
Contact Allan on 0418 321 620 or stynesal@bigpond.com

I am very excited to be selected as a finalist at the Wyndham Art Prize 2019. It was such an honour to attend the opening with all the other finalists and see the amazing and diverse artworks on display.

Exhibition is on until June the 2nd, 2019
Location: Wyndham Art Gallery, 177 Watton Street, Werribee

It’s been a challenging, but extremely rewarding 3 years.

Making the decision to go back to uni at age 32 was not an easy one, but I knew that this course will give me the type of knowledge I couldn’t get anywhere else or on my own. The support and guidance I received from the tutors who are all professional practicing artists was invaluable. I especially want to thank Leslie Eastman for directing me in my research and concept development.

I have learned to trust my own judgement when it comes to developing and executing ideas, to critique artwork with confidence, to curate a body of work in a way thats most effective, to write and talk about my work and my practice.

It was fantastic to see all the students’ artwork together on display for the grad show last week. The exhibition presented the breadth of disciplines students have explored throughout their time in the course, such as installations using various materials, sculpture, photography and painting.¬† The opening of the exhibition was joyous and exciting.

Thank you, Monash. I can’t wait to take the next step in my art career.


In September I was invited to showcase some of my work at the Monash University student gallery.
My exhibition was called ‘I breathe better when I sleep’. The collection of works I chose to display portray figurative works that attempt to¬†explore¬†internal states such as quiet contemplation, self-awareness, the desire for safety, privacy and inner balance.



My pozible campaign to raise funds for the Sydney show was successful. I am thrilled that I was able to not only reach my goal, but go beyond¬†my target! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first decided to set this up. It was nerve wrecking¬†at first, but it turned out to be a fantastic experience. I have received tremendous amount of positive feedback, love and support that has boosted my confidence and opened up new possibilities.

It was such an amazing experience to fly to Sydney and participate in the Her Story Group Exhibition.

I¬†came back from my Sydney adventures feeling inspired and energised. It was a fantastic experience, the venue was packed on the¬† opening night, some of the works found new homes, including my ‘Waratah’. I‚Äôm am so stoked to have been part of this show! Its a huge step forward for me and I learned an awful lot.¬†A massive thank you to everyone who supported¬†me in various ways.