Christies Beach, Australia

I was born and grew up in England but my parents were migrant Aussies who eventually returned home, and I followed them. After bouncing...

People who inspire me: 6


Dennis Nona
I went to an exhibition of his work here in Adelaide. His etchings and linocuts are ENORMOUS. It takes a team of Torres Strait Islanders to print some of the linocuts.


Edward Gorey
I was introduced to Edward Gorey when my sister sent me a copy of ‘the doubtful guest.’ My dog reminds me of this creature at times. I have a popup picture book of his called ‘the dwindling party’. They do indeed dwindle, till only one is left.


Lucy Willis
I knew Lucy when I was living in Somerset, UK. She showed me how you can paint in watercolour by drawing with a brush. She is also a fantastic printmaker.


Mary Leunig
She’s Michael Leunig’s sister. I like him a lot too, but then everybody does. Her humour’s much blacker than his. She deserves to be more well known, but I couldn’t find much on the web about her. Look out for her books.

Deborah Mae Broad
She has a few etchings and some MASSIVE wood engravings here in a gallery in Adelaide. When I make some money, I’m going to buy one.

William Blake
He takes some understanding, but he’s worth the effort. He had some radical views about religion. He wasn’t too impressed with some aspects of modern science, either:
There is no natural religion
I like his simple poetry best of all:

Soft Snow

I walked abroad in a snowy day
I askd the soft snow with me to play
She playd & she melted in all her prime
And the winter calld it a dreadful crime

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