I guess I have always been artistic and creative.
I won my first art competition in 1976 when I was 12 years old. During my school years I was always asked to draw pictures for my peers, often with surreal and fantasy themes. I also painted murals on the bedroom walls for my friends.
In 1981 I purchased a SLR camera and for some years experimented with various photographic techniques which includes processing and developing B/W images. I still enjoy photography today with digital technology adding just another dimension for creativity.
Having a flair for fashion, I also enjoyed redesigning and ‘modernizing’ my clothing to express a more contemporary and alternative style that was unavailable at commercial outlets at that time.
At the start of 1985 I was fortunate to grab a community arts traineeship working on the Sydney Youth Festival as a assistant designer. This afforded me the opportunity to work in multifarious areas of the arts and also work with all types of interesting individuals from diverse backgrounds giving me a taste of all aspects of the creative spectrum. This experience required me to work in a variety of mediums which included: painting, drawing, designing, writing, photography, administration, prop and set making, performing, film and video, puppetry, assisting with art projects in schools and a variety of other related projects. And as a diversion, I enjoyed some creative input for the ‘Mattara Festival’ in Newcastle, situated on the mid North Coast of New South Wales. It was also satisfying yet humbling to see my cartoons published in 2 separate monthly publications.
During these early years I painted the “Plastic Art” series and the “Open Spaces” series, developing my own painting style and technique that I continue to redefine to this day.
1986 saw me work as a freelance photographer and artist /cartoonist. I was also involved with the invigorating street theatre group “Hit and Run”, performing in a variety of venues and settings. I also became deeply involved taking promotional photographs and providing creative input for a hard rock band ‘Shaman’.
1987 I had some input in the ‘South Pacific Festival’, held at the Bondi Beach Pavilion, and did some sign writing for the Bicentennial Travelling Exhibition in 1988.
In 1989 I was employed as a function photographer in various venues through the Greater Sydney area. I also concentrated on my B/W photographic and darkroom techniques.
The “Maze” series was painted during 1992 to 1995.
1996 I relocated to Jervis Bay which lies on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. With a new larger studio and inspired by the tranquil surroundings I concentrated on my Art. I started teaching Fantasy Art and Caricature through the ‘Southern Adult Education College’ and enjoyed being involved with various community art projects in the area. Using my own printing system, I created a range of T-Shirt prints that I sold reasonably successfully at a local retailer.
1997 saw me undertake a small business management course and began my first art company called “Art-Bay” which created large works for the corporate sector to enhance the business image. I put “Art-Bay” to rest in 2002 to concentrate more fully on other projects, one end result of these being a mural for the Department of Community Services. (see photograph on right).
At present, I paint primarily for private collections, exhibitions and my own enjoyment. And I also get the occasional request for murals, illustrations, caricatures and interior concepts.
I live with my family on tranquil picturesque South Coast of NSW, Australia. The clear blue waters with family pods of dolphins, white sand and bush settings of the escarpment continue to awe and inspire me to paint, take photos and live a creative existence as long as I have breath in me.