I was born in 1946 and raised on the family farm near Boggabri, northern NSW. I attended the local bush school before moving to The Armidale School. Here I came under the influence of Fred Roberts, who introduced me to the possibilities of art. I won the watercolour prize at the Currabubula Art show in 1964, just as I left school, which was a further incentive to continue painting. I went on to win the watercolour prize at Currabubula a further six times over the succeeding years.
I then spent the next three years travelling overseas sketching and painting. When I came back to Australia, I returned to the family farm at Boggabri. Inspired by local artist Rupert Richardson (who would himself become a Member of the AWI in 1980), watercolours became my preferred medium.
The appeal with watercolours was that they enabled me to paint images with strong clean colours which are full of light. My subjects are generally drawn from remembered images, from visual incidents observed in other countries or sourced in my local environment. I focus on telling a story with, where possible, a hint of humour.