FROM THE ARCHIVES
My partner Elly and I live in Iluka, the best little town on the north coast of NSW. Born in the mid-fifties, I grew up in rural Queensland and at the age of 12, joined an adult painting class run by an inspirational local artist, Vera Blythman. Winning art prizes in local competitions and shows then gave me the confidence to continue with my art.
My senior school years were spent at boarding school in Rockhampton, where I played guitar in a school band. Following school I moved to Brisbane and spent the rest of the seventies studying architecture, painting oils and watercolours, playing the bass guitar in touring and pub cover bands and generally having as good a time as possible
Carnival (late '70s Brisbane band) Super8 collage with music ('77/'78) - YouTube
Art subjects in my architecture studies gave me further knowledge and inspiration for the visual arts and given my interest in drawing, it is perhaps not surprising that for much of my working life, I have worked as an architectural draftsman.
Elly and I became acquainted during the early eighties when we were both working on Heron Island, a tourist resort on a coral atoll off the Queensland coast. Before moving to Iluka, we lived in Yeppoon, Brisbane, Ballina, and for many years on a multiple-occupancy community near the Channon, north of Lismore. We also spent many holidays camping at Woody Head, just north of Iluka, little knowing that one day we would call Iluka home.
I still enjoy playing music and was very recently the bass player in Brisbane original folk band '3 Miles from Texas' “(until border closures). I have also recently recorded bass on an album called ‘Second Wind’ by Australian 60’s and 70's rock singer Michael Turner.
During our time near Lismore, I was able to study art at Lismore TAFE, and under the guidance of inspirational and talented teachers, produced some of my most creative works in many different mediums.
Watercolour influences include John Singer Sargent, JJ Hilder, and Penleigh Boyd as well as current masters, Joseph Zbukvic and Alvaro Castanet. I am fascinated with the dynamic aspect of watercolour painting and while I always strive to have a plan in place, the end result, for better or worse, is always a surprise. The feeling when starting with a clean sheet of quality W/C paper and ample supply of colours is exhilarating.
Marine subjects, streetscapes, and portraits are my most favoured subjects and while my preferred medium is watercolour, I also work in oils or pastels. Many of my watercolours are painted on location and as this is an effective method for achieving a loose and fresh painting, it also gets one into the habit of working in the studio with a similar sense of urgency and spontaneity.
Works are presently for sale at 'The Emporium', Charles Street, Iluka
Diploma of Fine Arts Lismore TAFE 2003
Bachelor of Applied Science Built Environment - Architecture and Industrial Design Queensland Institute of Technology 1983
First Prize - Marine/Seascape The Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (The Ekka) 1990
First Prize - Watercolour Moreton Shire Art Competition 1990
Highly Commended - Watercolour Sunshine Coast Art Group 1990
Champion Open Exhibit - South Burnett National Show Society Inc 1990
Commended - Watercolour Sunshine Coast Art Group 1991
Commended - Watercolour Southern Cross Arts and Crafts Ballina 1999
Highly Commended - Watercolour Southern Cross Arts and Crafts Ballina 2000
Highly Commended - Watercolour Southern Cross Arts and Crafts Ballina 2003
Second Prize - Pastel Southern Cross Arts and Crafts Ballina 2003
First Prize - Painting Southern Cross Arts and Crafts Ballina 2003
Watercolours - Marble Gallery, Buderim 1990
Coastal Landscapes - Roxy Gallery, Kyogle 1998
cerTAFEied - Lismore Regional Gallery 2001
Diplomacy - TAFE Graduate Exhibition Lismore TAFE 2003
An Educated Perspective - Citrus Gallery, Byron Bay 2003
Mixed Offerings - Armisteads Gallery, Lismore 2004
Oil & Water - Kolinda Gallery, Alstonville 2005