I volunteer at the National Insect Collection at CSIRO and I’m a visual artist.

I’m 59 and sort of involuntarily semi-retired. I come from a scientific background.

I moved to Canberra when I was about 1 years old. My father came to the university when it was just starting up. So I’ve been to school and to university in Canberra.

I started work at CSIRO as a lab technician. I was there for about ten years and then went to work in Cambridge in the UK. When I came back to Australia, the first job I got was in Adelaide. So I spent quite a lot of time in Adelaide and then came back to Canberra in about 2000. While I was in Adelaide, I went to art school. When I came back to Canberra, I did a bit of part-time lab work and really got my art practice going.

I like my art practice, that’s important. I like bush walking and I like enjoying the cultural life of Canberra like, going to exhibitions, enjoying the music on offer and going to interesting talks.

If it’s nice weather, my perfect day in Canberra would be going for a cycle ride and maybe visiting the National Gallery or the Portrait Gallery or something like that.

I like doing things on the spur of the moment. It’s a relaxed lifestyle in Canberra and you can sort of cycle everywhere. I live in the inner north so it’s quite convenient to get around.

I guess the hardest things about being a woman in Canberra is that you have to be a bit conscious of your safety in the evenings. But it’s like that anywhere, really.

I think it’s reasonably easy to maintain your health and wellbeing in Canberra. Although, in Canberra, you have to wait a while to get a doctor’s appointment. That puts you off a bit going to a doctor.

You sort of take being a woman for granted really. I enjoy being a woman. I’m glad I’m a woman and I’m quite comfortable being a woman. I think its nicer being an older woman because everybody is very supportive.


Image created by Nicole Zimmermann as part of Canberra’s You Are Here festival