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I currently live in Brisbane, Australia, and have been exhibiting my work for more than 15 years though have been painting and drawing my entire life. I have worked as an art teacher in international schools, and as a freelancer writer, photographer and editor. These days, I am a dedicated oil-on-canvas realism painter with a passion for photography that began thirty years ago in the darkroom of the Canberra School of Art.

For the last 25 years my family and I have lived and worked in Asia (Nepal, Laos, Thailand, Singapore) so it is not surprising that much of my art during this time celebrated the colour and diversity of both the people in these places and their vibrant rustic environments. In many ways my painting has evolved through my photography, and in turn I take my photos with a painter’s eye. Both art forms are an important and interchangeable ways of understanding my interior world, and the world around me.

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.

Education

Bachelor of Social Science (A.N.U/University of Tasmania)
Graduate Diploma of Education (University of Tasmania)
Graduate Diploma Visual Arts (Deakin University)

Exhibitions

2017 Finalist, Lethbridge 10000 Small Works Art Prize
2017 Finalist, DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year Prize, London
2017 Finalist, Milburn Art Prize, Brisbane
2017 Finalist, Brisbane Rotary Art Show
2016 Moods and Muses, solo exhibition, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane
2016 Finalist, Brisbane Rotary Art Show, Brisbane
2015 Above And Below, solo exhibition, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane
2015 Lethbridge Gallery Artist Showcase, Group Exhibition, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane
2015 School of Philosophy Art Auction
2014 Splash! solo exhibition, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane
2014 Lethbridge Gallery Artist Showcase, Group Exhibition, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane
2014 School of Philosophy Art Auction
2013 Bliss, solo exhibition, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane
2013 Lethbridge Gallery Artist Showcase, Group Exhibition, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane
2012 Finalist Cricket Art Prize exhibition, SCG, Sydney and national tour Player’s Choice Award, Cricket Art Prize
2011 Finalist Wildlife Artist of the Year, Mall galleries, London
2011 Old Schoolhouse Gallery, Brisbane
2011 D’Arcy Doyle exhibition, Foundation Centre Gallery, Mudgereeba
2011 Wildlife in Art, Richard Randall Gallery, Brisbane
2010 Finalist Wildlife Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries, London
2009 Celebrations, Bangkok Art Fair
2009 Autumn, Agra Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Painting commissioned by IUCN for Merrill Fernando, owner and founder of Dilmah tea
2008 Co-creator of the HOPart project for amphibian conservation
2006 Indigo, solo photography exhibition, Indus Gallery, Bangkok
2006 Transitions, solo exhibition, Garden Gallery, Bangkok
2006 The Journey, Indus Gallery, Bangkok for UNHC
2005-6 Exhibiting Opera Gallery, Singapore
2004 Thresholds, solo exhibition, Rotunda Gallery, Bangkok
2003 Neilson Hays Group, the Hilton, Bangkok
2003 The Alliance, Rotunda Gallery, Bangkok

100cm (W) x 94cm (H)
oil on stretched linen
$1,900
101cm (W) x 90cm (H)
oil on canvas
$770
50cm (W) x 66cm (H)
soft pastel on orange-toned heavy paper, unframed, which can be rolled and posted in a tube
$200
55cm (W) x 75cm (H)
Soft pastel on heavy paper, unframed, but which can be rolled and sent in a postal tube.
$200
51cm (W) x 51cm (H)
oil on stretched canvas
$813
115cm (W) x 70cm (H)
Oil on linen
$3,500
100cm (W) x 70cm (H)
oil on stretched canvas
$1,540
100cm (W) x 75cm (H)
oil on linen
$2,570
76cm (W) x 76cm (H)
oil on canvas, narrow wooden edged frame, ready to hang
$1,440
120cm (W) x 80cm (H)
oil on canvas, grey wooden edged frame, wired and ready to hang
$1,800