background and inspiration

Enjoying the commercial side of the business Demi has both run galleries and represented artists. Always the innovator, she had the first ‘pop up’ gallery in Perth before the term was coined and created ‘The Art Lounge’ in Bahrain, which was both a gallery and a meeting space, bringing an entirely new concept to the Persian Gulf.

Living abroad and traveling provides regular inspiration and disruption to her thinking; her work is influenced by African, Western and Middle Eastern art as well as European Classical art and sculpture. These diverse experiences offered Demi the opportunity to learn about the culture, the people and to incorporate these influences into her work.

Demi studied Interior Design at the Regent Academy in London. Always interested in the application of artistic concepts, the course she chose had a focus on arts (rather than design).

Demi has always been fascinated by the technical side of painting and studied in Florence with Zecchi, exploring gilding, glazes, oil pigments and archival techniques as seen in her recent work. She spent time in Istanbul researching rug design and whilst living in Bahrain worked with Fareed Bu Qees, an Imam and artist, who tutored her for 18 months. Studying with American sculptor Michele Karam reignited her passion for three dimensional work.