growing up, did you ever imagine you’d become an artist?
i'm not really sure i ever thought about it like that. i just made lots of drawings and painted heaps for as long as i can remember. then in the 80's, there was the graffiti explosion. i gravitated towards that because i was catching trains to school and it was everywhere. it was a brand new subculture for a kid that needed a creative outlet, along with skateboarding… which also had a dope graphic design/art element to it.
so i guess i've always been an artist in one way or another…
was there a moment that led to your decision to take a step away from a career as an art director and become a full-time artist? how did you manage the transition?
i just got bummed on the robotic monthly magazine stuff. my wife also became really sick (luckily she's great now) and i thought, “fuck it… i've gotta do something with this life”, and just went for it. the transition meant that i bailed the full time gig and did some freelance jobs in between painting, until the balance eventually tipped in my favour.
your signature cloudscapes aren’t merely reflections of the natural world observed – can you tell us about how your works are inspired?
nature is the primary influence, followed by the music and films that i've grown up with and still continue to be inspired by. old movies like blade runnerand probably 'cloud city' from the empire strikes back definitely come to mind when i look at my works.
your art has now been widely exhibited and is recognised on an international scale - how did you go about getting your work noticed in a commercial sense? how did your collaboration with nelly duff come about?
i'm not really sure... i'm always of the mind-set that if you work hard and produce good work, people will end up finding you. i was lucky that nelly duff did just that and approached me to do an edition of hand-screened prints. we've had a great working relationship since and continue to hatch plans for more releases.
can you tell us about the rise exhibition and the work you’ve created for auction?
refill magazine have done an amazing job putting this show together. it's a huge line up with some really talented artists. i was stoked to be invited. i've painted a big fire plume with a lot of heat using oils, acrylics and also the charcoal from burnt out trees which the organisers delivered to each artist.
the works are being auctioned with all proceeds donated to volunteer-run organisations providing on the ground support for those impacted by the bushfires. you can find out more here: https://www.32auctions.com/riseexhibition