My art practice is firmly based on experience in the natural world. Come explore with me.
Welcome to my website! I’ve been creating freelance and children’s book illustration since graduating (with honours) from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, USA in 1986. In 2015 I earned a PhD in Natural History Illustration from the University of Newcastle, Australia. Combining academic research and a rigorous experimental approach to my art practice, this project has been a substantial step in increasingly sophisticated techniques being applied to a lifetime of observation, contemplation and portrayal of the marine environment.
I was born on the Hawaiian island of Oahu and moved to Southern California while still quite young. I developed a keen interest in observing and understanding the changing sea states and cloud formations while growing up surfing and fishing along the coast in San Diego, California and later while camping and sailing in Baja California, Mexico. My initial investigations into the marine environment were undertaken to increase chances of success in my outdoor activities. These interactions ranged from conversations with other surfers, sailors and fisherman to collecting information from maps, guidebooks and weather reports. My early undergraduate studies also reflected my ocean-orientated interests such as meteorology, navigation, marine biology and geography. Deciding on a career as a professional illustrator, I developed my artistic skills, absorbing the theory and practical training I received while earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. A natural inclination towards observing, recording and understanding the natural environment, while primarily associated with my coastal activities, has now been thoroughly integrated with my art practice. The natural world is well represented in the body of work I have created during my career as a professional illustrator. Please enjoy the view!