I live in Townsville, a city in the northern tropical part of the east coast of Australia. The weather here in summer can be fairly humid but from May to October it is wonderful. As well as being an artist, I lecture at James Cook University in the School of Creative Art in Townsville.
I was a born a baby boomer, a little too late to be a hippy but early enough to have observed and appreciated the music and visual art produced during that period. Music is an important part of my life. I collect records, for the enjoyment I get from the music and innovative cover designs. I play records in the studio when I paint or make etchings. Their sounds do not directly influence my work but put me in a particular state of mind where I can mentally move in and through the image I am constructing.
I draw information used in my work from a variety of different sources both contemporary and historical. The ideas may come from obscure and seemingly unconnected bits of information but become connected through the visual relationships I bring to them. These new narrative combinations are what form the basis of the work that I produce.
I usually make work in series. Each one is built up and added to over several years. As I grow older and I see the world differently, the new images I make evolve and adapt to suit my own personal changes.