For 2017’s Seizure Viva la Novella competition, we decided to use hand-painted linocuts to illustrate the covers of the winning novella covers. Mirandi Riwoe’s The Fish Girl and Stephen Wright’s A Second Life were a particularly outstanding pair of books, and The Fish Girl was shortlisted for the Stella Prize.
In 2015, I returned to painting in oils after many years of exhibiting exclusively in pen and wash. The large, loose oils were a contrast to my careful drawings, and provided a challenge and a change of pace. My tool of choice was a palette knife, which forced me to keep my technique loose and expressive.
The pieces pictured here were hung at Fairview ArtSpace in Mudgee in 2017. One depicts a home in San Gimignano, and the other is a bouquet of native flowers painted as a demonstration. Both works sold at Fairview.
An iPhone app putting more than 100 Aussie icons in your pocket, and all developed in Mudgee NSW! G’dayMoji was conceived by local designer Amber Hooper, as a way of translating Aussie ideas into emoticon form. The stickers in the app allow users to drop Australian icons, sports, foods, places, animals and lingo into a conversation as easily as hitting copy and paste.
The app launched with a bang in 2018, hitting the top of the iTunes paid app charts for Hottest 100 weekend, and putting its creators in the news, including this report by the ABC.
Find the app online at gdaymoji.com.au
Sunday Afternoon in Mudgee, from my 2017 calendar collection, was a finalist in the 2017 Muswellbrook Art Prize. A great honour for a little painting - only 28cm by 17cm.
A calendar of beloved scenes from around the Mudgee region.
A classic oil portrait painted at the end of 2016, depicting the 18th century Admiral of the Fleet George Anson - for the Lord Anson Public House in Orange NSW.
In 2016 for the first time I illustrated the covers of Seizure’s Viva la Novella books. The annual competition publishes a pair of excellent short novels each year - in 2016 it was Rose Mulready’s The Bonobo’s Dream and George Haddad’s Populate and Perish.
In 2015, for the first time I exhibited a collection of my recent oil and palette knife landscapes. A Different Perspective at Artisan on Lewis in Mudgee featured pieces inspired by landscapes of the Mudgee region. I was still getting used to the drying time of oils again; most of the exhibition was hung wet.
The 2016 calendar collection included images from around the Mudgee region, including Hill End, Gulgong and Rylstone.
A mural in the front window of the Australia Council for the Arts on Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills. Four illustrator artists illustrated pieces of flash fiction from Seizure Online’s Flashers series. The work, completed in 2015, unexpectedly became a permanent installation. My work illustrated a story by Tincture Journal editor Daniel Young.
A big colourful image to promote the Mudgee Makers’ Market, which brings together Mudgee’s greatest strengths - food and creativity!
Illustrations for Seizure Online’s Flashers flash fiction series, published weekly during 2015. This was a wonderful project which involved working with a variety of intriguing stories from talented writers, and finding the style and technique to match each story.
Read the stories and see the illustrations in their original contexts here.
Since 2015, I have been creating hand-drawn maps for various purposes around the central west. The first was for Peppertree Hill, farm accommodation just outside Mudgee - the map can be found offering directions around the property on the Peppertree Hill website. Other maps have depicted the town of Geurie, the Mudgee Readers’ Festival venues, and the Orana Arts region.
Digitally-coloured pen illustrations of Black Star Pastry’s cake range. These drawings were used on menus and promotions in-store and at events such as Good Food Month’s Night Noodle Markets.
Over the years I have created a number of posters for productions at Mudgee’s Town Hall Theatre.
My 2015 Mudgee calendar collection included the Mechanics’ Institute, Mudgee Public School, Mudgee Farmers’ Market, Cobb and Co Court, Elton’s Café, Gulgong’s Greatest Wonder of the World Building, Rylstone’s Bridge View Inn, and scenes of Market Street in Mudgee at sunset and sunrise.
My 2012 calendar collection combined some of Mudgee’s most iconic locations with some of my own personal favourite places such as Fairview ArtSpace, the Town Hall Theatre, Roth’s Wine Bar and The Drip.