I was born, raised, and educated in Melbourne, Australia. And as a kid, all things whimsical and fantastic captivated me.
Because my imagination was forever on overdrive, I always had paper and pencils on hand, even when watching TV. This also extended to school, where I often received grief for endlessly doodling in the margins of textbooks.
Mine was a tradesperson’s family. Both my dad and grandfather were plumbers. And while no relative before me had ever attended college, fate had determined that I follow a different path. At seventeen, I entered college as an art student.
Four years later, I graduated with a major in painting. Back then my mediums of choice were oils, acrylics, and egg tempera. But no sooner had I left college than I began drifting away from mainstream subjects. Exploring purely imaginative works held so much more appeal.
There were two major influences at work here.
First, in my last year of art school, I stumbled upon the enchanting works of the Golden Age illustrators. And second, I was reading increasing amounts of literature intended for the young. By the time I reached graduation, I was just itching to dive headfirst into these subjects.
So, as I began wandering down these new and intoxicating paths, it really didn’t take long before I naturally transitioned from being a painter into an illustrator.
And somewhere in the middle of all that, I packed my bags, grabbed my passport, and set off on a journey that took me halfway around the world. I now live and paint in a village in New York’s beautiful Adirondack State Park.
These days my painting mediums have also undergone substantial changes. I now create art digitally.
Painting on a computer requires the use of a pressure-sensitive tablet. My method is to I lay down oodles of tiny brush strokes to build up form, color, and texture. And this really isn’t so different from how I previously painted with traditional egg tempera.