Artist Statement

My art focus is the exploration of form in the landscape and the contrasting man-made and natural forces that combine to sculpt that form. 

I seek to:

– Reflect a strong personal authenticity whilst learning from the past

– Incorporate research and experimentation

– Develop a palpable sense of form, depth and space

Being raised on a farm and subsequently educated and worked as a geologist, the landscape and its various interpretations (including the political battleground) can’t help but inspire and inform my work.

In 1998 I took up painting as a watercolourist and in 2005 completed a Diploma of Visual Art  at the Melbourne CAE. From 2005-2010 I worked from Appleton Street Studios, Richmond, Victoria. I have exhibited regularly in Mebourne and been a finalist in several major art prizes , most recently the 2012 John Leslie Prize and the 2013 Glover Prize.

My recent work has engaged with regional Australia and the impact of European settler culture on the Australian landscape. Within this context I am also exploring the dominant influence of American and European painters from the 20th century on Australian landscape-painting. I regularly travel to directly observe the Australian landscape as well as studying the European painting tradition. 

Art Curriculum Vitae

Place and Date of Birth

Brisbane, Australia 1947


2010 Advanced Professional Art Studies CAE Melbourne

2005 Diploma of Visual Art CAE Melbourne

1972    Ph D Geology University of Queensland

Solo Exhibitions

2018  Art and Life bsg Gallery Melbourne

2017 Deserted bsg Gallery Melbourne

2016 Juxtaposed birds bsg Gallery Melbourne

2015 Juxtaposed Firestation Print Studio Melbourne

2014 Surreal Voyage Carbon Black Gallery Melbourne

2013 Reinvented Landscapes Carbon Black Gallery Melbourne

2012 Blocks Carbon Black Gallery Melbourne

2011 Above and Below the Horizon Firestation Print Studio Melbourne

2010 Southern Ports Kozminsky Level1 Melbourne

2008 Glacial Landscapes Kozminsky Level 1 Melbourne

2007 Rocky Landscapes bsg Gallery Melbourne

2006 Earthworks Artholes Gallery Melbourne

2003 Travelling North Doncaster and Templestowe Artist Society

Selected Group Shows

2014, 2015 New Surrealisms bsg Melbourne

2012 Inside-Outside Firestation Print Studio Melbourne

2012, 2014, 2015 Marios Melbourne

2011 Plain Air Firestation Print Studio Melbourne

2009 Ruby Gap Stephen McLaughlin Melbourne

2009 Kozminsky Art Melbourne’09

2009 Ice Continent Pigment Gallery

2008 bsg Art Sydney

2006 Appleton Street Studios Art Melbourne’06

2005 Fusion 45 Downstairs Melbourne

1999 Chemdex Art Initiative San Francisco


2018 Winner Local Content Prize Bacchus Marsh Art Show

2013 Finalist Glover Prize Tasmania

2012 Finalist John Leslie Art Prize-Sale Regional Gallery

2011 Winner-The Acquisitive Grow West Landcare Award -Bacchus Marsh

2005-2016 Finalist ANL Maritime Art prize

2010 Finalist Calleen Art Award –Cowra Regional Gallery

2007-10 Finalist con.ceit-the Corangamarah Art Prize

2012 2008 Finalist Norvill Art Prize- Murrurundi

2007 Finalist City of Whyalla Art Prize

2005 Finalist Heysen Prize Hahndorf

2003 Best in show Doncaster and Templestowe Artist Society

2001 Very Highly Commended Royal Melbourne Show

Residencies and collections

2008 Theme Polar Arts Program Antarctic Visual Artist Residency

Private Collections Australia, USA, UK, Germany, and Canada