Born in Toronto, Canada, our family moved to the majestic city of Rome when I was six. Surrounded by history, beauty and art (lots of art), my passion for creativity was only beginning and one of my favourite outings was to visit dad at work at one of Rome’s finest furniture stores catering for movies stars and the like.This is where I began appreciating art, culture and glamour! I was surrounded by beautiful interiors, homewares and art- heaven! I also witnessed dad’s entrepreneurial spirit as he catered for Rome’s artistic community.
Before moving (again) to Perth, Western Australia, a family friend gave me a beautiful birthday gift, not a doll or a Barbie, but a large hard-cover book named: First Encounter with Art (Primo Incontro con L’Arte). An unlikely gift for a little girl.“ We know one day you will do something great with art!” was the message. I didn’t quite understand it at the time, but I was somehow honored and proud to receive the book. Something resonated with the experience.Drawing was, and still is my passion.
We brought a little bit of Italy with us when we moved to Australia three years later, where dad set up a successful bakery producing the finest Italian bread Australia had ever seen, or tasted.