For most of my working life, I’ve been in book publishing as a freelance illustrator. Over the years I’ve also been involved in many community art projects, and at the same time I’ve exhibited my paintings in group and solo shows. Venues include various galleries in NSW and Queensland, the Tweed Regional Gallery in the Northern Rivers, and now in galleries across Gippsland and at East Gippsland Art Gallery.
Nature, animals and people give me plenty of ideas. We can see the tree line on the Mitchell River from our back yard, and we take the dogs down there for a walk. Being near the water, watching the river move and seeing the variety of birds – wrens, finches, ducks and waders - always fires up my enthusiasm. Other influences include Japanese woodcuts prints, artists of the mid-20th century and tribal art. Ingres is a big art hero in terms of colour and tone.