About me

I have been an artist forever I have drawn, painted, sewn and created my whole life. I opened Coco's Closet in September 2009 originally as a funky little pop-up store to house my crafty creations, accessories and art in the old Chamber of Commerce building in the Main Street of Forster, a sunny little coastal town on the Mid North Coast of NSW, Australia. 
I have been popped up ever since and I affectionately refer to Coco's as my happy place, I tend to hashtag that a lot. I am an indie artist who in the last 3 years has discovered the medium of mixed media and I paint and create with passion and intention most days. 
I adore combining canvas, paint, paper, ink, glue and mess to transform it into art that I love. Tearing paper, glueing, drawing, painting, stamping, designing and layering to develop each canvas; my girls in my art are carefully structured and added. My art almost always carries words of encouragement, empowerment and inspiration on them. Almost like talking to myself through my art, these become little mantras for me to live by. My art and words first resonate with me and then they take on a life of their own as I share them at Coco's and now in my etsy store with you. 
The walls of Coco's are adorned with my art and it is generally aimed at women, young and grown up women, I make art with purpose. Art that moves you. Art that speaks to your heart as it comes from mine. 
Your journey into my world begins as soon as you enter Coco's, online or in person, gently inviting you to step inside, believe in yourself, create balance, do what you love...... 
Coco's has evolved over seven years to be recognized by locals and visitors as a handmade haven, a welcoming happy place that is full of beautiful art that inspires to you to dream big, be kind, recognize the beauty that surrounds you and encourages you to live the life you imagine. 

In January 2017, coco's  transitioned from a retail space into a creative space and will only be open for art classes,  workshops and special events . 
 my #happyplace products are now available via the global stage, hello world here we come..... here you will find some of my mixed media prints  and a beautiful array of my art on magnets, gift cards, kindness cards and wearable aluminum art cuffs. I am always making and creating so keep popping by. 

Thanks, Merci, Arigato, Mahalo and Danke xx 

Coco's Closet. Shop 1/64 Wharf St, Forster. N.S.W Australia 

happy place. creative space. art studio.  

adult workshops. junior art classes and workshops.


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