Which new trends or Australian artists do you find inspiring at the moment?I really love the work of Ricky Swallow and Ron Mueck. They have that great fusion between artist and craftsman and they make pieces I can look at for hours.
Which Australian deceased artist do you most admire and why?Arthur Streeton – His work reminds me of growing up in country Victoria – I find the blend of Australiana and Impressionism really comforting.
Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?The Impressionists at Musee D’Orsay. I was lucky enough to go when I was a young bumpkin and it really did open my eyes to the art world.
Where do you get your inspiration for your work?Outback Australia, strange lighting, reflections, clouds, storms, hills and trees. You know, the clichéd outdoorsy stuff!
Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?I try to paint from imagination rather than directly from a subject. When I don’t have a plan I find it a little easier to be creative.
What do you like most about being an artist?It’s always been something I’ve enjoyed doing. It’s very cathartic.
How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?A quiet beer and some upbeat tunes always help.
What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?I came third in a regional book illustration competition when I was 7. It’s hard to top that.
Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?Well, if someone enjoys something that I’ve put together and it makes their day a bit better, that’s good enough for me. If I get a wave of Dali-esque inspiration and change the world, that’d be fun too – but I won’t be holding my breath.
What are your plans for the coming year?I’ve been super slack over the last few years when it comes to the arts, so I’ll be spending a lot more time with paper and pastel this year – maybe working towards a show. Who knows!?