No place will ever be as orderly or quiet as Martin Place, Glen Waverley in the 1960's nor any wet winter's Sunday as silent or deathly dull. It was from here, soon after my 10th birthday, that our Ansett flight lifted off from Melbourne's Tullarmarine Airport heading for Port Moresby, the capital of the then Territory of Papua New Guinea.
When the aircraft came to a standstill and its engines switched off, the doors were opened and the dry- season heat mingled with the cool air conditioned air. Stepping out onto the metal steps my eyes needed a few seconds to adjust to blazing mid afternoon tropical light. Lining the tall wire fence in front of the tarmac were the faces of Papua New Guineans who had come to watch the arrival of the afternoon flight from Australia. Behind them, and indeed surrounding the whole scene, were the foothills of the Owen Stanley Ranges covered with grey green vegetation or black from burning off. And above it all a deep blue cloudless sky. Melbourne was suddenly a distant dream and this scene in front me my new reality.
My childhood and teenage years in Port Moresby and Papua New Guinea are at the centre of who I am. My art and personality were shaped by the beauty of PNG and Melanesian culture and by the colors and light of the tropics.
After completing high school in PNG I did my BA in Anthropology, History and Fine Art at the Australian National University in Canberra. As well as Australia and PNG I have lived in the UK, Thailand, Cambodia, Japan and Germany.
Since completing my Master of Visual Art in painting from the Australian National University School of Art and Design, Canberra, I have been living in Dusseldorf, Germany.
I paint, draw and write and am interested in the hold memories have on us as well as the strange and quirky aspects of everyday life.
My work is in private, public and corporate collections and I have exhibited in Australia, Asia and Europe.
If you are interested in any of the work just contact me over the contact form.
It 2012 the fictional dog I created 'Piechy' became the front-dog, animal ambassador, mascot and brand name for a selection of Australian wines sold by Metro Cash+ Carry (Germany). The wine promotion was a great success and Piechy wines became brand of the year in Metro C+C Wine and Spirits.
In 2014 I did the illustrations for 'Shoctopus', a collection of poems for children by Harry Laing.