I am a very fortunate artist who has had some of the best jobs in the world.
Starting my career as a graphic artist for Melbourne Printers, I soon took a creative step forward when I started what turned out to be 35 years as a scenic artist for ABC Television and Crawford Productions, (Channel 9 and 7). I produced 3 dimensional images, backdrops and wall finishes for literally hundreds of well- known programs such as Homicide, Division Four, The Great Air Race, One Summer Again, Countdown, Micallef, D-Generation, Full Frontal, In Melbourne Tonight, Big Gig, Sea Change, MDA and various ballets and Operas.
Over a number of years I have designed, constructed and painted interactive children’s displays throughout an entire school building for The Gould League as the major part of their recycling education program for schools. In 2002 I worked on a period film called “Love’s Brother”.
I have also painted many indoor and outdoor murals, environmental themes for wildlife parks and the Phillip Island Penguin Parade Visitors Centre. Working together with a marine biologist, I illustrated a book for children on dolphins and sharks and wrote and illustrated other short stories.
Working as a Scenic Artist in Theater and TV for many years my style of work tends toward the realist traditional side. This has been somewhat lost on the Art world in past years. I think drawing skills are an essential part of artist’s tools, so I look forward to drawing group practice on Tuesdays. The need to do something creative each day is a strong urge that keeps me painting and drawing.
There is always something new to learn.