An artistic journey
I am a practising Visual Artist with over 40 years of art making experience and I have been actively participating in group and solo exhibitions for well over 30 years. Working for TAFE NSW as a teacher of Fine Arts, Visual Arts & Aboriginal Cultural Arts for the past 20 years has enabled me to establish and consolidate my artistic career.
The first imagery I recall creating were drawings of cowboys and Indians and knights on horseback. Television had just arrived in Australia and immediately I became influenced by this new technology.
Teaching Art has allowed me to learn so much in relation to my own practice and indeed it is a pleasure to be able to mentor and to share my Art making experiences with other interested and like minded people.
I have never been a prolific artist yet without Art in my life I don’t think I would know what to do with myself. I also enjoy playing music and songwriting.
Expression through art
Most of my time is spent either creating my own artworks or passing my skills, knowledge and experience onto others through my role as a TAFE NSW Art teacher. I was approximately 16 years of age when I first started to create my own personalised imagery.
During my study at Mitchell College of Advanced Education (now Charles Sturt University) in Bathurst NSW I was invited to exhibit my artwork in “Koori Art ’84”, New South Wales first substantial exhibition of Urban Aboriginal Art. My time in Bathurst led me further into exploring my own Aboriginality through artistic expression.
My search for greater understanding in relation to my own Aboriginal identity still continues today and yet I am still interested in and I still practice producing mainstream imagery also. My geneological heritage also consists of Greek, German, English and Welsh ancestry.
Sharing a love of Aboriginal art
For over 20 years I have been involved in teaching Aboriginal Art. Originally spending 18 months on the road working for the Verner Mackay Group in Queensland delivering Aboriginal Art programs to remote Aboriginal communities in western New South Wales and south-eastern Queensland.
I commenced employment with TAFE NSW in 1997 at first teaching Aboriginal Cultural Arts before moving into both the Fine Art and Visual Art disciplines. I have had the good fortune of being able to share my artwork with many, many people throughout my career as an artist and my work is held in numerous private and public collections in Australia and overseas.
In the News
In January this year I was asked to create and develop some Indigenous designs for the Fulton and Hogan Group. These designs have been printed and ‘wrapped’ around three portable buildings for the worker’s education and training centre, located within the Fulton and Hogan Operations site at Albion Park Rail.
The ROADS & MARITIME SERVICES Anti-graffiti mural painting project was completed during June and July 2018.
Cultural Conversations project commissioned and completed for the Wollongong Art Gallery to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the gallery in its present location. This artwork was designed by Warwick Keen and painted/installed by Simon Thomas (Chalk Talk). Project completed 11th February 2018.