I have been drawing for as long as I can remember…… from about the age of three or four. My early memories are of collecting any scrap of clean white paper, from the cardboard inside shirt boxes, to a roll of butchers paper given to me by a generous relative, to draw on. This memory still stays with me, I still love the look of fresh new white paper. Art has been a part of my life in one form or another ever since.
My childhood fascination with drawing cartoons and getting them ‘just right’ led me to a job in my early 20’s as an animator for Hanna-Barbera, then for a number of years with Burbank Studios, a company specialising in full-length animated feature films for television, such as Wind in the Willows and other classics. I also did some freelance work for Disney which to me was the realisation of a dream!
Some career highlights:
- being accepted as a participating artist into the ‘Art Journey-Portraits and Figures’ hardcover book, an international publication produced by the American publishers North Light Books. The book is a collection of portraits by artists chosen from all over the world.
- appearing in the French publication “The Art of Watercolour” magazine
- featured artist in the May 2019 Australian Artist Magazine
- one of my works “The Vanishing” has also been chosen to appear in “Splash 21”, a publication also by North Light Books, released in late 2020.
I love to paint and draw people and animals, I find portraits one of the most challenging subjects, but also the most rewarding. To capture the essence of someone in a painting is extremely satisfying. I find it no different with animals. It is the nuance of expression or emotion that I search to find, capture and communicate.
The connection we have to one another and our environment is what drives my work at the moment. It tends to cross the boundaries between realism and impressionism. I like to take everyday subjects and ask people to see them differently.
We see so many images with little regard for who or what they are, every day of our lives, but what I see are stories. I want the viewer to see what I see and maybe give a bit more importance to things that may seem insignificant in our busy lives.
My motivation comes from emotion, both mine and the subjects I choose. I ask the audience to hopefully feel what I feel if only for a moment. Or perhaps to question their own opinions.
I work with any media that I feel adds to the subject.I have been recently combining graphite , charcoal, watercolour and pastel in my current work exploring the traditional media used slightly untraditionally, again, to add elements of the unexpected to common images.
I am currently working on a series of paintings of endangered animals which allows me to combine art with something else close to my heart, conservation. It is challenging, and also satisfying to be able to get the subject to tell their story through painting or drawing, and to engage the viewer. I am very proud to say that some of my work has been used in literature and posters for conservation rallies across the state to raise awareness of the plight of some of endangered animals, particularly our precious koalas.
I have donated several pieces to conservation groups in an effort to raise funds for necessary projects both here and overseas. It is something that I dreamed of doing as a child and now I have realised that dream.
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