I love all kinds of art, but have a special affinity for realism in all its forms. I have always been drawn to, and fascinated by, drawings and paintings that can transform a flat surface into something that looks real and three dimensional. For me there is a kind of magic in that, a dazzling conjuring trick of sorts. I think Edgar Degas said it best: “A picture is something which requires as much knavery, trickery, and deceit as the perpetration of a crime.” I love the technical skill, precision and control that is required, the focus on detail, and the challenge of capturing the light.
I currently live in Brisbane, Australia, but was born in Canberra, graduating from the ANU and University of Tasmania in Anthropology and Sociology and after that completing two graduate degrees in Education and the Visual Arts in the early 1980's. I went on to teach art in international schools in Nepal and Thailand but gave up teaching to pursue a full time art career nearly 20 years ago. These days, I am a dedicated contemporary realism painter with a passion for photography that began thirty years ago in the darkroom of the Canberra School of Art.
I lived and worked in Asia (Nepal, Laos, Thailand, Singapore) for over 25 years so it is not surprising that much of my art during this time celebrated the colour and diversity of people and places in the region. My art became an important and necessary way of understanding and interpreting my interior world, and the world around me.
I have been represented by galleries in Bangkok such as the Piktur gallery, and the Opera gallery in Singapore, and am currently represented at the Lethbridge Gallery in Brisbane. I have exhibited in Bangkok, Singapore, London and in various cities and towns around Australia. My art can be found in private collections around the world.