My journey started at about 3 years of age when I first picked up a pencil and drew on my parent’s walls ! Apparently I soon received a blackboard as a present … I always new I wanted to be an artist, just like my father, his mother and her father.
As soon as I was old enough I applied to attend Art School, where I was lucky enough to gain a place, competition was quite fierce. My course followed a classical form of training, which took five years of full time study and covered all the basics like anatomy, perspective and colour theory.
I moved to the Gold Coast as soon as I finished school and started to produce works which I took to a gallery in Surfers – the owner told me I had no talent and to go and find another career, devastated I didn’t pick up a brush for another 10 years.
For me art has always been about making something pleasing to the eye – something that you can look at everyday and find something new to see, make your day a little better for having that piece in your life. If I am really successful, it will let the viewer escape to their own place for a little while.
I continue to to acquire as much technical knowledge about materials as I can, continue to experiment with different mediums, paint with groups and spend many solitary hours in my studio. It is all part of my learning process, my journey, what makes me paint the way I paint at this precise moment. I have changed styles over the years, moved from realism to expressionism to cubism and back again. It’s not to say that this won’t change, it probably will, you never know where your paintbrush will lead you!
1976 – Art Diploma Qualifying Course – 2 years – National Art School
1978 – Diploma in Art – 3 years – National Art School
1998 – Gold Coast Show Society – Painting – 3rd Prize Special Award, Painting Highly Commended x 2
2000 – National Building Company, Gladstone, Commission x 2
Flinders Fine Dining, Gladstone, Commission x 2
Photographic Company, Gladstone, Commission x 2
2001- Gold Coast Show Society – Sculpture – 3rd Prize
Society of Sculptors, Gold Coast – Tony Palmer Award
2002 – Gold Coast Show Society – Sculpture – Highly Commended
Nerang Chamber of Commerce – Mural
Art Auction – Bali Bomb Victims – Major Contributor
2003 – Gold Coast City Council Library, Nerang – Commission
2004/7 – Italo-Australian Club – Commission number of murals
2005 – Gold Coast Sculptors Society – Highly Commended
2006 – Bruce Watling Galleries, Gold Coast – Solo Exhibition –
Pushing the Boundaries
Gold Coast Show Society – Contemporary Painting – Highly Commended Sculpture – Highly Commended
2008 – Mortimore Prize & Traveling Exhibition – Finalist Sculpture
2010 – Pauline Ewers Fine Art, Toorak, Melbourne – Solo Exhibition – New Works 2013 – d’arcy Doyle Art Awards – Landscape – Highly Commended
2014 – Volunteer Coast Guard, Southport – Wall Mural – Commission
2016 – Gold Coast City Council Library – Artist in Residence, Nerang