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As a fine art painter, I try to create something that is unique, that is individual, and something that proposes a psychological and emotional connection between the subject, the viewer and the artist. I believe in the authentic aura of a painting.
Art is more than just an image…it is a presence, meant for the viewer alone, with which to begin the dialogue.


I was born in Bairnsdale, Victoria, and later moved to Melbourne where I have lived, for the most part, near the Mornington Peninsula.

A childhood fascination for drawing, developed into a serious interest in painting, in the early 2000’s! This invariably led to a number of oil painting short courses, and oil painting workshops at various tertiary institutions and artist societies, during this time.

In 2005, I commenced formal tonal realism classes with Fiona Bilbrough (a member of the Twenty Melbourne Painters Society) with whom I was tutored in still life, portraiture and landscape painting. During this time, I also received tuition from John Bredl, painting both plein air and in the studio, concentrating mainly on impressionistic landscapes and seascapes. This ‘mentored education’ with Fiona and John, continued for approximately six (6) years.

In 2009, I started exhibiting my artwork in art shows, in and around Melbourne and country Victoria, winning my first award for ‘Best Emerging Artist in show’ at the 2010 Yea Rotary Art Show.

In 2012, I retired from full-time teaching (of 32 years) to concentrate, more or less, on full-time fine art painting.

In 2013-2014, I attended contemporary painting classes, tutored by contemporary artist, Kerry Anne Sullivan.

In 2014, I travelled to New York and Los Angeles and discovered the works of the American Abstract Expressionist painters from the 1940s & 1950s, and the painters of the Bay Area Figurative Movement of the 1940s -1960s.

Whilst my initial art education began with traditional and impressionist influences, my current practice is a more expressionistic approach to painting; primarily inspired by the American expressionists and figurative painters.

In 2014-15, I commenced work on a series, broadly titled, ‘Private Thoughts’. This body of work, primarily depicted gestural figures on colourful non-representational backgrounds. I started exhibiting work from this series, in 2015.

I am currently working on a new series of work…‘Postcards from Bayside, Melbourne’. The work represents abstract beachscapes, punctuated with imagery of iconic beach bathing boxes, and ‘ghosted’ figures from the ‘Private Thoughts’ series. I hope to start exhibiting work from this new series, in 2018 – 2019.

My works are in held in private collections in Australia and overseas. An award winning acquisitive work is held in the Bass Coast Shire Council, Council Art Collection.


Art Awards

2018 Best Non-Traditional Painting Camberwell Art Show
2017 Best Contemporary Painting Grand Art Show (Berwick)
2016 Best Contemporary Painting Bayside Art Show
2016 Highly Commended Grand Art Show (Casey/Cardinia)
2015 Highly Commended Camberwell Art Show
2015 Best Painting ($800-$1,400) St Kevin’s College Art Show
2014 Commended Chelsea Rotary Art Show
2014 Highly Commended Bright Autumn Art Show
2014 Highly Commended Korumburra Rotary Art Show
2013 Highly Commended Bright Autumn Art Show
2013 Highly Commended Korumburra Art Show
2012 Highly Commended Portland Art Show
2012 Best Pair Warrnambool Art Show
2012 Highly Commended Hobsons Bay Art Show
2012 Highly Commended Inverloch Art Show
2011 Winner Bass Coast Acquisitive Art Exhibition
2011 Best Artist (Bass Coast Art Award) San Remo & Phillip Island Rotary Art show
2010 Highly Commended Chelsea Rotary Art Show
2010 Best Emerging Artist Yea Rotary Art Show


Please feel free to email me at spartan8642002@yahoo.com.au about any paintings, to make a general inquiry or to leave a comment