Born in Melbourne.
Grew up in country Victoria, Goldfields region.
Parents and paternal grandmother all artists. So I guess it's true that the apple never falls far from the tree, unless the tree is at the top of a very steep hill.
Early artistic influences: Mr Squiggle and Herge's Tin Tin.
Education: I never found the idea of formal education to be my cup of tea. Many hours were spent day dreaming and drawing on text books instead of listening to the teacher
during classes. Throughout my childhood years art was the one subject I did take a
strong interest in and I was highly motivated to paint anytime, anywhere. However, despite encouragement from my parents to attend university to study art, I didn't go down that road because I didn't want to become an artist...
In pursuing my goal of not becoming an artist, I gained employment in a variety of jobs, such as deli assistant, fruit picker, supermarket checkout operator, clothing sales assistant, salt mine construction worker, waitress, teacher’s assistant and relief teacher.
After almost a decade of odd jobs and global wandering, I found myself living in a remote desert region of North Western Australia and it was there that I began to paint again, initially because I just didn't know what else to do but subsequently because I had a lot to 'say'. For nearly five years I painted in every spare moment I had, but I never gave much thought to showing my work and never considered the possibility that anyone would ever want to buy it. Eventually I had so many pictures that I decided to take them to a weekend art market in the South West wine region to see what might happen. I made up a few cards and put them on a table and attached to a display wall as many originals as I could fit. The response was far greater than I could ever have imagined. By the end of the weekend I realised that people were relating to my pictures on many different levels, but for me the most satisfying thing above everything else was that my pictures were making people feel and making people think. Over the years the creative process has been refined and more attention has been placed on the titles that accompany the images.
I guess it's fair to say that my pursuit of not becoming an artist ended in 2008 when I moved to Darwin and began my own small business selling my prints and paintings at the markets. I have since traveled and worked in a variety of locations gathering ideas for new work.
If anyone has any questions in regards to buying my paintings or prints, please don't hesitate to contact me and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Thank you so much for reading.