I have always been a creative person but had not considered becoming an artist until my late 30′s.
My father had done some watecolour painting ten years earlier. He had a natural talent for it and enjoyed taking various classes, especially on colour theory and so on. At the time though I had little interest. I was more interested in music and playing in bands … so I guess the creative aspect of my personality has always been there.
In 2007 I walked into the Tate Britain gallery in London and stood in front of the watercolour sketches of W J Turner. I was mesmerized and knew that becoming an artist would be a major part of my future. It was a transformation from an auditory world to a visual one.
After some experimenting I found that oil painting suited my personality and style and I began the long journey of learning to paint.
Inspired by the Australian Impressionists including Arthur Streeton, Charles Condor, Tom Roberts, Fredcik McCubbin, Ethel Carrick, Walter Withers and E Philips Fox. In more recent times I have been inspired by a number of Australian artists including Robert Hagan, Donald Fraser, Allan Fizzell and others.
My primary subject matter is impressionist seascapes and landscapes. Having spent much of my early years at Torquay over summer, and now living in Geelong, I am drawn to paint the coastal areas of the Great Ocean Road & Bellarine Peninsula.
Largely self taught I have been learning primarily through DVD programs and online courses. I recently enrolled in the 3 year ‘Virutal Art Academy’ course for a more extensive study of the techniques of oil painting.
In 2011 I was a founding artist in the Double Door Studios project in Geelong that was promoted by Made In Geelong. Although this was only a brief period of time it was significant as it demonstrated to me how much improvement could be made through consistent and regular painting.
Late 2011 I approached C31 with an idea for a TV program “Plein Air Painting TV”. They loved the idea and the show has been broadcast on prime time TV in Melbourne, Geelong, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney. Featuring my wife Sue Moore presenting a travel segment and myself painting the show has proved to be extremely popular with viewers.
In 2013 we have started filming for our new TV show “Yes You Can Paint”.
2012 December – Tussock Upstairs Gallery
2012 June – Angelsea Art Show
2012 June – Bacchus Marsh Rotary Art Show
2011 October – Ocean Grove Rotary Art Show
2011 October – Geelong Art Revealed
2011 September – Double Door Studios
2010 – January ‘Queenscliff Art Show’
2010 – January ‘Italian Views’
Press & Media
2013 – Presenter on TV show “Yes You Can Paint”
2011 – Geelong News Article “A Vision To Air Art On TV”
2011 – Presenter on Tv show Plein Air Painting TV
2011 – Pulse FM interview with Art N Soul Host Danni Cowdery
2011 – Made In Geelong Documentary
2011 – Geelong Times featured painting in article on ‘Streets Are Alive Festival’
2011 – Geelong News Article “Double Door Studios Opening’
2012 – Keynote Speaker at ANHR Conference “Art As A Visual Anchor”
2011 Certified Art Instructor with Alexander Art
3 Year Virtual Art Academy Course
3 Day Watercolour Workshop with Alvaro Castagnet