l've been painting and drawing for as long as l can remember - it's something very near and dear to me. l developed a natural skill for art from a very young age and l became intrigued with all things art. Composition, design, light and shade, colour, technique and style are just a few of the things l wanted and needed to understand.
When l was nine years old my grandma took me to see Disney's animated classic ''The Jungle Book''. l loved the character design and the beautifully hand painted settings and immediately became obsessed with anything Disney. l decided then and there that l wanted to become an animator. By the time l was fifteen l had left school and landed a full time job in a small animation studio in Sydney that produced animated commercials for television. l was basically self-taught and very passionate about my craft. l won my first award for animation when l was eighteen.
As the years went on, the company expanded and l became a director, my specialty being a combination of live action and animation. This was my profession for nearly forty years, winning various awards along the way, most notably a Clio award, a Mobius and Director of the Year.
Throughout my career my passion for painting took a backseat. But recently, the urge to paint became too overwhelming and l eventually gave in to it.
Portraiture is one of my strengths and l've been fortunate to be selected as a finalist in the Percival Portrait Prize, the Shirley Hannan, and twice semi-finalist in the prestigious Doug Moran National Portrait Award. Just being noticed in these highly regarded awards has given me a huge amount of confidence and courage and l'm thrilled to be rated alongside the country's best artists.
The art of caricature is also something l'm extremely interested in. l'm a regular finalist in the ''Bald Archies'', a cheeky alternative to the famed Archibald.
My dream is to paint every day and offer my skills for commission work. A portrait or caricature is a unique gift idea for any special occasion. A painting is a one-off original and something that lasts more than a lifetime that can be passed down through generations.
If you would like me to paint a commission piece for you, get in touch via the Contact page.