A product of the LeFevre Peninsula (Largs Bay) for the early years of my life, I devoted myself to sport, knocking about with friends and doing enough school work to get by without over-extending myself. Memories of my early years were associated with art and crafty activities in and out of school. I remember winning a junior section of the Advertiser Sandcastle competition. In high school art classes I clearly wasn’t an attentive student as I have no recollection of actually being taught anything much at all.
In later years, as a PE, humanities and counselling teacher I realised that I favoured visual learning and eventually used that preference in translating and transferring what I saw of the built environment around me onto paper as crude pen and watercolour paintings. Being self-taught I have developed my skills in that same area and honed-in on trying to capture images that are mostly the aged character-filled buildings of our settlement history, especially trying to preserve reminders of these structures for the future. In doing so I have stumbled upon the role of visual historian. I find that so many people have stories and links with my subjects and love the re-connection it kindles.
In 2022 I was admitted as a member of this group where I hope to learn so much more and further develop my capabilities as an emerging artist, especially using the unique Flinders Ranges as my preferred major reference location.
I currently get to enjoy life in Encounter Bay, SA, as a happily retired person where I have fun running a fortnightly market stall featuring mostly reproductions of my work. Affordable art works well in this context and I really enjoy the challenge of marketing and reaching an appreciative audience.
Enjoy and admire the talents of this group of artists as they showcase the awesome Flinders Ranges.