I am a farmer living at Thorpdale in the Gippsland hills. As a child I painted but when I left school all that changed, as working and family life became the norm. Forty years later I started painting again. I always keep an eye out for nice gum trees and look for the light and shadows. Mostly I have been looking through bleary eyes knowing I still have hours to work. I have always been fascinated by the magical light never thinking one day I would be trying to capture it on canvas.
Life has many twists and turns, and when after a long illness we lost our son Brett I turned to the paintbrush, therapy I suppose. Brett never saw a paintbrush in my hand but I’m sure he is with me when I paint.
These days I have become more fascinated with painting, trying to capture the moments in the bush. I have spent years in the high country and in the outback poking around, taking photos and observing nature’
As I paint I am trying to capture the mood of the bush. If you can share that with me then I have achieved my goal