My paintings are about what it is like to be human. They are an interpretation of experiences, choices and moments. The moments I capture are not staged, they are snapshots of time. I always title my work first, which hints to the viewer what the image means to me, and gives me emotional clarity while I am making the work. Despite the narrative behind each work being clear while I am painting, it intentionally appears ambiguous to allow the audience to invest in the image based on their own personal experiences. Through this I hope to engage their emotions and imagination. I liken it to being at a dinner party where you really connect with the other guests, it's not just a small talk chat, but a genuine sharing of feelings, ideas and memories. It is that human connection.
2017: Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Highly Commended; KAAF Art Prize, Finalist; Tattersall's Club Landscape Art Prize, Finalist; Manning Art Prize (Naked and Nude) WINNER; Calleen Art Prize, Finalist; Rick Amor Self-Portrait Prize, Finalist
2016: Dagmar Cyrulla featured in The Carousel
2015: BP Portrait Award Semi-finalist (National Portrait Gallery, London); Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Semi-finalist; Calleen Art Prize Finalist
2014: Portia Geach Memorial Prize Finalist; Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Finalist; Hills Art Prize Winner; Rick Amor Drawing Prize Finalist
2013: Manning Art Prize (Nude and Naked) Winner; Rick Amor Drawing Prize Finalist; Portia Geach Memorial Prize Finalist; Muswellbrook Art Prize Finalist; Black Swan Portrait Award Finalist; Hutchins Art Prize Finalist; Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award Finalist