I am an artist living and working in Sydney, Australia.
Never that interested in sport I found my fun in drawing. While my friends ran around outside getting sunburnt playing cricket and falling over all I did was draw.
Naturally Art School is where I ended up when it came time to decide on tertiary education. Completing a Diploma of Arts, and then a Diploma in Education, I should have started my career as a teacher but fate stepped in when I got the opportunity, while in my final year, to do the illustrations for a children’s book.
For several years after graduating I was offered enough work to be a full time illustrator. I also continue my fine art career completing a Master of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales and exhibiting my artwork in a number of small group shows. This led to being offered part time lecturing at several art institutions. All that hard work perfecting incompetence with a bat and ball was not a complete wast of time after-all.
Then overnight everything changed. I won the New South Wales Travelling Art Scholarship.
Suddenly I had the opportunity to travel. Away I went for 3 years, first to Europe and then the USA. My employer had awarded me a Project Fellowship, as the first member of staff to have ever won a travelling scholarship this gave me some additional finance and accommodation was made a little easier with the offer of the Moya Dyring Studio, in Paris, France for 3 months and the NSW Visual Arts Board Studio, in New York, USA for four months.
During my time in New York I applied for an Artist in Residence at New York’s Natural History Museum. Awarded the residency, I had the most fantastic year drawing whatever took my fancy.
This opportunity has continued to influence my way of working which is to blend science with art using both traditional skills and new technology.
Returning to Australia I continued to work for the employer who had been so supportive. I moved into a succession of senior arts management positions, the highlight being the award of a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship. However increasingly only mountains of administration work and meetings greeted me each day, my artwork was nowhere to be seen.
So I made a few changes, which have allowed me to go back into my studio, and start to draw again. I completed a Master of Art Administration majoring in Conservation Management, research I had always wonted to do, and I have the opportunity to work again in my chosen field.
And now I look forward to inventing a little corner in cyberspace thanks to RedBubble.
All my artwork is © DrawingDown
Please do not reproduce, copy, edit, publish, tub, transmit or upload in any way without asking my permission.