A self taught artist, I was born in Adelaide, South Australia. A goal by an Australian Football League player in 1997, which sealed a famous Grand Final victory, also kick started my art career. Offered an exclusive AFL license, I turned my back on a profession as a Chef to follow my passion for art, focusing on other life-long passions - sport, entertainment and portraiture.
From late 1998-2001 I produced artworks for the Australian Football League Memorabilia market on an exclusive license, with commissions from several clubs and players, including the inaugural Team of the Decade for the Adelaide Crows, the Team of the Century for Port Adelaide FC and Norwood FC, the inaugural Hall of Fame for the Glenelg FC and various player portraits for Adelaide United FC.
My artworks are brought to life by the detailed strokes of coloured pencils, working directly from photographs, I try to conjure up a unique sense of form, with subtle handling of shades to create life like images of my subjects. My portrait of former Australian Cricket Captain, Steve Waugh, was displayed in the museum of the historic Adelaide Oval.
I was commissioned by Tennis SA to produce an artwork of Lleyton Hewitt, in recognition of his achievement as the world’s number one player. This artwork now hangs proudly in the foyer of Tennis SA on Memorial Drive, Adelaide. I have also been commissioned to produce personal portrait works for elite athletes including Warren Tredrea, Darren Lehmann, Tennis star Lleyton Hewitt, Socceroo legend Harry Kewell, Jockey Kerrin McEvoy, and Brazilian football legend, Romario, just to name a few.
During the Australian tour of Irish Super Group U2, I was commissioned by the Hyatt Regency, Adelaide (now named the Intercontinental) to capture the images of the group in art form. This portrait was subsequently signed by all members of the group and is on display in one of the Hotels restaurants.
My works have also featured in various Art exhibitions including a solo exhibition titled “Masters of the Game” for the Holdfast bay Council’s Discovery Centre featuring artworks of famous sportsmen and women. I have also exhibited my works with other South Australian artists, including world renowned body artist Emma Hack in the Queens Theatre, Adelaide. An artwork I completed depicts one of my childhood heroes, Aussie Rules Football Legend Barrie Robran MBE. Barrie has been a vocal supporter of my work and has used my works to raise funds for his various philanthropic activities. Barrie was generous and kind enough to officially open my 2012 Adelaide Fringe Exhibition at Bunniks House, Flinders St.
My artwork of the Socceroos "Back 2 Germany" 1974 & 2006 was auctioned for $38,000 at a World Cup Function on the Gold Coast in 2006, and I also had the pleasure of meeting the 2010 Socceroos to have my artwork of the "Big 5" signed. This artwork was sold at auction which helped raise funds for The Martyn Crook Foundation.
My ongoing friendship with 1974 Socceroos Coach Rale Rasic, who has also been a wonderful promoter and supporter of my work, has commissioned several works over the years, and used many of my prints for various fundraising events.
I had my Artwork and a series of prints signed by Archie Thompson from the Melbourne Victory, of which part proceeds were donated to assist the Archie Thompson School of Soccer. I was lucky to meet and have my artwork signed by Italian Football Legend Alessandro Del Piero, thanks to another generous collector of my Art, businessman Pat Scalzi.
My artwork images of the Adelaide Crows Team of the Decade and the Port Adelaide Premiers 2004 where used for a series of Limited Edition Collectable Biscuit Tins, and I have also been involved with The People's Choice Credit Union Community Lottery, supplying portraits and prints as prizes in the lottery over the last few years.
In 2015, the Leopold Method Football Quarterly Magazine commissioned me to produce the cover art for their inaugural publications, of which 3 have been published to date.
Recently I have been commissioned to create an artwork of F1 Legend Ayrton Senna. I was asked to draw a quick sketch of Ayrton Senna, which has now been presented to the Senna Foundation in Brazil, Adelaide Clipsal organisers & Adelaide Council for approval for the erection of a life size bronze on the Senna Chicane here in Adelaide. Absolute privilege to be asked to contribute, in a small way, to what will become a lasting tribute to the great Ayrton Senna in my home city, the venue of his final F1 Victory. More details will be available here on my webpage soon and on my social media.
I have now completed Part 2 of my Harry Potter series of Artworks, called "Friends & Foes".
Along with private commissions in 2017, I have continued my 6 year association with the People's Choice Credit Union Community Lottery into 2018.
My latest commission in 2018 has been the West Adelaide FC Team of the Centuries Artwork, which will be unveiled in April 2018.
lets see what the rest of 2018 will bring!
* Remember, I am always available for commissions.