HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS?
Coming up to 20 years!
WHAT MADE YOU MOVE/KEEPS YOU HERE?
I moved here to work as a painted finisher at a French Provincial furniture company in Mittagong. I got to hand paint armoires, chairs and walls etc. There was a certain tall dark and handsome guy amongst the cabinet makers. His name was David and despite hating the painted finish look on his beautifully constructed cabinetry, he took a liking to me all the same….. we ignored everyone’s cries “don’t fall in love with a work mate!” We moved in together within about 2 months and now we have two kids and we still argue about the merits of hand painted furniture!
WHAT DO YOU DO?
As of about a month ago, I am a full-time artist. I work mostly in watercolour and I am currently the artist-in-residence at Dirty Janes Bowral. It has been a fabulous 4 weeks at Dirty Janes and I have been fortunate to have completed several commissions and sold lots of paintings! It has taken me over 30 years to build the confidence in my art making skills to do this… and I’m actually blown away by the response.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE AREA?
Hands down it is the rolling hills, misty mornings, majestic trees and windy roads… I have never tired of it.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE RESTAURANT/CAFE?
Yes! Harry’s on Green Lane. The atmosphere and decor is just like my family home! I have French parents and I grew up surrounded by walls of art displayed close and a-plenty that framed the floor to ceiling bookshelves. The hot chocolate is my fave and I love sitting outside with the plants, heaters and cute puppy dogs… just like in Paris.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE SPOT?
20 years means I have a few. And I was a portrait and real estate photographer for the last 15 so I have seen quite a few beautiful places in the Highlands. Hmmmm… this is hard. I might have to just tell you what is the most familiar spot to me. I used to live up on Oxleys Hill Rd which overlooks the township of Bowral. Our first child was born there, our first heavy snowfall was there and we used to love watching the ever changing sky from a fabulous panoramic window in the lounge room. Now, from nearly anywhere in Bowral’s cross streets I look up and see the view of Oxley’s Hill from below. Those little group of trees right up the top… I look at them every time I go to Bowral.
DO YOU KNOW OF ANY HIDDEN GEMS YOU ARE PREPARED TO SHARE?
Only one really. Drapers road between Willow Vale and Colo Vale (the back way). Around the dip and crossing where the water floods occasionally, there’s a lovely walking track that leads to water and rocks. You can’t park inside anymore but there’s a bit of room near the road to park. Beautiful spot for photos.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU THINK THE HIGHLANDS IS MISSING?
A Regional Art Gallery!
TELL US ONE THING THAT WE’D NEVER GUESS ABOUT YOU
I used to do Karate and Kendo!! Looooong time ago!
See the map for detail’s on Corinne’s favourite spots
DIRTY JANES BOWRAL
A treasure trove of boutiques and antiques, and where you can find Corinne as Artist in Residence or in her favourite cafe Harry’s on Green Lane
HARRY’S ON GREEN LANE
OXLEYS HILL ROAD BOWRAL
A great spot for views over Bowral and beyond
DRAPERS ROAD COLO VALE
Corinne’s hidden gem – a walking track that leads to water and rocks