"Like every other wildlife artist that I know, I am inspired by what is known as the beauty of nature. The natural environment is diverse and wildlife artists are attracted to many of its different aspects. I am attracted to the birds and animals that feature in the natural scheme of things and it was a life time love of these creatures that helped make my decision to paint wildlife after I began taking watercolour classes in 1987.
One thing every artist tries to do is create something that is both unique and conveys something to the viewer. This is probably the most difficult part of any painting; how to set it apart from the thousands of other equally good or better works that are available. I have experimented over the years with different techniques in order to try and achieve a distinct style. I think I have found that by using a technique in gouache (opaque watercolour), which involves blending the colours directly on the page to create the background. I then use a monotone colour on the feature animal or bird before adding more colour in both transparent and opaque watercolour. The finished subject might end up with as many as twenty different glazes or coats of paint over it before I'm satisfied with the result.
Most of my work is of Australian fauna, but annual visits to the USA and Canada have opened up a whole new range of subjects for me to paint.
Over many years, I have travelled to the USA to partake in many wildlife art workshops featuring great wildlife artists from around the world including Robert Bateman (Canada), John Seerey-Lester (UK) Kobus Moller (South Africa), Greg Beecham (USA), Carl Brenders from Belgium, Adele Earnshaw and Joe Garcia both from the USA and Simon Combes from Kenya. In 2004 I attended yet another wildlife art workshop in Montana, which featured five different wildlife artists, namely John Banovich, Daniel Smith, Matthew Hillier, Terry Isaacs and Paco Young.
In 2011 I stayed closer to home and did a workshop with Ego Guiotto, who is the artist that does all the paintings on the Australian Geographic calendars.
Images of my work have appeared in a number of Victorian RSPCA Calendars.
In 2005 and 2006 I was fortunate enough to have paintings selected for exhibition and sale in the prestigious “Arts for the Parks” art show in Wyoming.
In 2010 and 2012 one of my art works was selected for the Focus on Nature exhibition held at the New York State Museum, in Albany New York.
My paintings now hang in both public and private collections in Australia and in private collections in many overseas countries.
Over the years I have been lucky enough to win many prizes and awards. They are listed below."
PRIZES AND AWARDS
1990 1st Prize - Best watercolour ($300 or less) - Ivanhoe Art Show.
1991 1st Prize - Best watercolour - Keilor Art Show.
1991 Commendation - Strathmore Art Show.
1992 Best Wildlife Exhibit - Camberwell Art Show.
1993 1st Prize - Best watercolour - Woodend Art Show.
1996 Best Wildlife Exhibit - Camberwell Art Show.
1997 Best watercolour - Strathmore Art Show.
1998 Highly Commended - Wildlife Art Show of Australasia.
1999 Best Painting - Walk on the Wildside exhibition, Akoonah Park Gallery.
2001 Best Painting (less than $1000) - Wildlife Art Show of Australasia.
2003 Highly Commended - Yea Art Show.
2003 Best Wildlife Exhibit - Camberwell Art Show
2004 Highly Commended - Wildlife Art Show of Australasia
2005 1st Prize - Australia at Large exhibition - Australian Guild of Realist Artists (Autumn on line show)
2008 Runner-up President's Award - Wildlife Art Society of Australasia (Herring Island Exhibition).
2008 Best Watercolour ($800 or less) - Camberwell Art Show
2008 Best in Show, SKB Foundation Workshop Art Show, Dubois, Wyoming.
2008 Highly Commended - Wildlife Art Society of Australasia.
2009 Runner-up Australian Guild of Realist Artists Australia at Large Exhibition.
2009 Runner-up Australian Guild of Realist Artists Winter Exhibition.
2009 Best Watercolour, SKB Foundation Art Show, Dubois, Wyoming and winner of the SKB Foundation Purchase Award.
2010 Runner Up – Australian Guild of Realist Artists Autumn Exhibition
2010 Bronze Medallion – Wildlife Art Society of Australasia’s Wild Awards exhibition.
2011 – Winner of Australian Guild of Realist Artists Australia at Large exhibition.