Living by the beach and surrounded by nature, I find constant inspiration as soon as I step out of my Sydney studio. I have always been passionate about birds and wildlife and also have an avid interest in history – in particular, Victorian and Edwardian architecture – and these have provided my most compelling subjects and driven me to draw!
My career began in graphic design, initially as a school leaver at a letterpress print company, where I was trained in the traditional art of hand typesetting with lead fonts. It was here that I developed a love of letters and dedicated much of my spare time to signwriting projects. Inevitably, my career progressed to graphic art – the era of Cow Gum and Letraset! – and then, in the early 90s, I reluctantly surrendered to Apple Mac.
Although I do still take on some graphic design and website work, I’ve largely left it behind in order to focus on my first love, painting and illustrating.
I was born in Australia, but raised in England, where I observed my mother, also an artist, working with paint and pastels. Creativity was always encouraged in our home and, in the early 1990s, my mother and her partner converted their Sussex oast house into an art gallery where local artists and sculptors could show their work.
My preferred media are acrylic and gouache and my style is usually strong in colour and sharp in detail.
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