I have been teaching drawing for many years, at the School of Design at Curtin University in Western Australia, where I was a Senior Lecturer [1969/2001] and since retirement, through private tuition and as a drawing instructor. I also also hold Anatomy and Proportion workshops for various groups around Perth.
I am in my mid seventies, so I have been hanging around the Perth Art scene for a long time. I spent my pre academic life as a television designer both in Australia and the UK, after my Art School education at Perth Tech in its ‘golden era’ of the late 50’s.
I rarely exhibit. Mostly because I consider my drawing to be a highly personalised inquiry. If they look good as well, for me it is a bi-product, but out of the thousands of drawing I must have done I have only framed a few. Recently I decided to show most of my ‘kept’ work online, so it is now on the vast archive in the gallery section of this website.
My other activities inside of the art world is encouraging other Artists, coaching, and the occasional Judging and opening exhibitions. Guess this comes about from being in the scene for a long time! I am passionate about promoting life drawing.
I help coordinate a regular life drawing group based at The Bassendean Community Centre, Old York Rd, 70 metres from the Bassendean train station. Our group is called FAB, [Figure Art Bassendean] and it’s just that. One of the most comprehensive drawing sessions around usually with 3 models per session. Come and join us. Its a terrific venue, costs $20 per session. Bring your own materials and easel. For more info press the contact me button.
I take individuals and groups up to Bali for tuition where we stay in the beautiful compound of Pondok Saraswati near Ubud and for 9 days use a beautiful village studio for up to 6 hours of drawing and painting per day. This is a great way to gain another level of accomplishment at drawing and have a great time as well. Next one starts in March 2018. More information on this site.
I also do a lot of work with men, as an Elder and facilitator for The Menswork Project, both in Perth and in Bali. I have been working in this field for the past 20 years. If you are interested in the topic of men’s issues and blokes well being take a look at The Menswork Project website. http://mensworkproject.org
My wife Georgia is also an accomplished artist and so is my son Michael and daughter Catherine. We have all had an Art School education. It goes back further! My father was a painter and my mother a poet, so my future was pretty much set.
Michael is an independent designer living in Melbourne, and Georgia, besides being an artist is CEO and an inspiration behind the Uthando Doll Project in Zulu Natal South Africa. Daughter Catherine has a keen eye for the vintage in clothing, home wares and collectables.