I was born in the Melbourne suburb of Oakleigh and have lived in Gippsland since 1990.
Acrylic paintings on canvas form the basis of my work and I often incorporate pastel, charcoal and collage to create works which are colourful, lively and rich in texture.
The focus for my current series is Melbourne and surrounding suburbs. I am inspired by my own experiences and observations both past and present and, although I live in the country, I am frequently drawn back to the city for inspiration and to explore the many faces of Melbourne’s urban environment.
Some of my favourite subjects include railway stations, dilapidated buildings, pubs, cafés and other structures; some are well known icons but others that are not so familiar are just as interesting.
I am very passionate about the local music scene and this is a recurring theme in my work. I also enjoy painting portraits, abstracts, still life and rural scenes but like to give them an urban twist.
My main influences are Pop Art, realism, street art, and Australian contemporary art. Some of the artists who inspire me are Albert Tucker, Sidney Nolan, Howard Arkley, Bill Young, Nick Morris, Nathan Taylor, Daniel Greene, Jeffrey Smart and Edward Hopper.
I have had a number of solo and group exhibitions in Victoria and interstate and I have a Certificate 1V in Visual Arts and Diploma of Arts with credits and distinctions in painting and drawing.