Tammy grew up on the coast in Mount Eliza on the Mornington Peninsula, Australia. Nature dominated her early life. Whether in the bush, days spent on the beach collecting shells, playing in the surf with her three older brothers, or rescuing wildlife ...all these things became sources of artistic inspiration for her work.
She was fortunate to come from a progressive family background where creativity, education and environmental responsibility were all highly valued. She spent six years in tertiary study beginning at Latrobe University. She has a Diploma of Art and Design, Graduate Diploma of Education (Art).
Then followed 10 years living in the artistic Eltham environment; at Montsalvat, printing posters for music festivals, painting backdrops for bands, and working at the Melbourne Theatre Company.
Returning to the Peninsula she became fascinated by the vibrancy of silk painting – selling work through Craft Victoria. This evolved into the love of the uncontrollable nature of watercolour and the challenge of oil painting. She has now been painting and teaching for 30 years, and has won the Little Archies and numerous watercolour awards. She is a member of the Peninsula Studio Trail and NAVA.
"I love the notion of trying to recreate, in my paintings, that which first captivated my attention - perhaps a memory of childhood happiness, of sunlight, waves, of adventure.
To me painting is like an enigma, her puzzle is never complete; as one section is solved, the door opens to yet another conundrum."