In my previous life (before Australia) it had been established as early as primary school that I had an artistic trait. Shunning the offer to attend art school at aged 15 (I wanted a propert job to earn money) I trained as a motor engineer, earning a 'bob' or two on the side with my art.
I've had not formal training although Dad was a brilliant technical illustrator and signwriter, so I think I must thank him for his inspiration and forced fatherly tutorials.
Arriving in Oz in 1971, I took up the challenge of a totally new career in industrial protective coatings, married, two boys and two house renovations (on the same house, who's loony?) slowed my artistic output.
Most pieces produced were sold at the Herald and Weekly Times and country art shows. My wife Susan insisted "no more sales until our own house walls had been filled."
The year of my retirement saw the house walls with a painting or two. Since then, 18 months down the track, the artistic juices have flowed and the passion returned and I am hard pressed to find a hanging space at home.
My favourtie medium is pen and watercolour wash, but I feel the need to loosen my style. Pure watercolour is my current flavour and I am also looking forward to getting back into oils and possibly acrylics, although it's never been a favourite, but it may lend itself to pallet knife which I'd love to 'dip the toe into'.
There has been so much advancement in art materials over the years of muy abstincence that I feel like a school kid learning it all over again. Hopefully you will enjoy my art as much as I love creating it. All items are for sale ... and I need the wall space.