“Many of my paintings are inspired by places I’ve been to or folklore picked up in my travels. When I start a painting, I have a thumbnail sketch and a colour scheme already in mind. After that, it’s a case of plugging away at it until it looks the way I envisioned it to look.
“I have lived in Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney and trained as an illustrator/graphic designer and librarian. Working freelance for several years, I decided to incorporate my love of surrealism and storytelling into some big acrylic paintings.
“From the age of about 6 I had always wanted to illustrate books. And write them. And publish them. I invented my own logo and made books out of that old school printer paper with the holes down the sides and staples. I would spend hours of my life in front of my old Remington typewriter, which was the best toy ever, making up stories and illustrating them afterwards. For ages my preference was for stories featuring animals in human clothing (think Disney’s Robin Hood where the lead character is a fox). After that I became obsessed with Oliver Twist (it was our 3rd grade play) and have fond memories of listening to Ron Moody, the original Fagin, reading the audiobook whilst I ate numerous chocolate paddle pops and drew pictures of the story.”
Opening: Saturday 9 March 2019, 3pm to 5pm.