I was born in May 1954 in the small village of Perthville about 12 miles south of Bathurst, NSW, Australia. The first 11 years of my life were spent on a farm where I developed an affinity with the Australian bush.
I didn't start to seriously paint until high school where I studied art as an elective subject. At the completion of High school I entered the field of computing and have had many technical and managerial roles since that time. Needless to say, art took a back seat to life.
At the age of 45 I met a wonderful woman who I ended up marrying. Debbie-Lee revitalized my interest in drawing and painting, and encouraged me at every turn. She is my muse. I begun with some drawing classes where I developed my interest in charcoal as a medium. I also played with watercolor and acrylics, but it wasn't until I discovered oils, that I really found my comfort zone.
I like to think of myself as a bit of an eclectic artist. My day job gave me the luxury of not having to paint for the wider audience of consumers so I could try different subjects, styles, mediums etc. Depending on my mood at the time I alternated between portraiture, the human figure, still life and Australian landscapes. Sprinkled here and there are some frivolous works that I do from time to time just to break the monotony.
I am almost completely self taught. In 1998 I completed a 3 month figure drawing class at the Workshop Arts Center at Willoughby, Sydney under the tutelage of Ros Deveaux. I also started, but didn't finish an acrylics class at the same center with Sarah Aylward. I also started but did not finish a 10 week introduction to oil painting at the Royal Art Society, North Sydney.
Other than that, I have just experimented with different mediums and techniques. I'm still learning (I will always be learning).
I now live at Forster on the NSW Mid North Coast.
I hope you enjoy what you see.
Exhibitions and Shows!
2000 - Deerbrook Gallery, Humble TX, USA (solo)
2004 - Art House Gallery, Sydney, Australia (solo)
2012 - Beattie Street Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2013 - Lentil as Anything, Newtown, Australia (solo)
2017 - Carre De Artiste Gallery, Paris, France
2017 - Almost Naked & Nude, Hallidays Point, Australia