I was born in Papua New Guinea and lived on a remote rubber plantation before moving to Sydney in 1971 at the age of seven. I was finding it hard adjusting to the city and my mother encouraged me to take up oil painting in 1972. In 1973 I won a children’s art competition and the judges recommended that I start studying at the local TAFE on a Saturday morning. I completed one term but felt out of place with students who were all over 16 years old, so I didn’t continue. I have taken the long road to discover that painting and photography can sit side by side, for me painting is my first meaningful creative outlet. I use my photography to inspire my artwork and I hope my love of composition, subject and light come through in the artwork.
The one constant in my work is to find a new project and during my 40-year break from painting I have been a project manager in Information Technology in various parts of the world. The other constant, motivating me in life is to finish a project so I can start a new one. My creative drive comes from knowing that each brush stroke I make contributes it’s meaning towards the completed work. What inspires me about art is how the smallest brush strokes, when added together, can radiate a meaning for the person who gazes at the painting far beyond the meaning of each brush stroke.