Which new trends or Australian artists do you find inspiring at the moment? I find the Australian artist , Craig Ruddy highly influential and inspiring. His artworks evoke an energy and urgency that i strongly admire.
Which Australian deceased artist do you most admire and why? My father; he deepened my curiosity for art early on. When I was 8 I vividly remember sitting in a dull yellow room, watching him push oil paint around a canvas, to create an arrow piercing a heart. It was that rainy night that left an everlasting impact on me.
I’ve also grown to love and appreciate artists such as Brett Whiteley for his remarkable lyrical line-work and my late mentor Peter Indans, for his amazing wealth of knowledge and inspiration he generously distilled in me.
Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why? I was about 7 , whilst my parents were at the pub I found myself in the Western Australian State Gallery. I remember everything being larger than life and awe inspiring. One particular painting struck me, the artist unknown, but it was a highly textured painting of yellow police tape. Having encountered the police due to my parents ties with drugs, violence, & theft, this particular painting resonated for me.
Where do you get your inspiration for your work? Inspiration comes from my engagement with the things I see, and how they make me feel. It could be the waves crashing on the foreshore or the transition between life and death of a hibiscus flower clutched in my hand.
Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about? I normally start with a cup of herbal tea and some music to help clear my mind.
What do you like most about being an artist? Being an artist has giving me purpose in my life, and has the ability to make my soul feel most alive.
How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block? Going for a walk, reading books, updating my website, or simply going along with my normal day to day routine. Inspiration is always there, its how you choose to perceive things,and how you go about committing to the first mark on your paper.
What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date? Staying true and believing in myself, even when I was discouraged the age of 15. Life is short, so you have to chase your dreams!
Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how? I just want to keep making and sharing my art, and hopefully bring some happiness into peoples lives. I’m also happy to share my stories of childhood adversity to hopefully pass on hope to others.
What are your plans for the coming year? Create lots of new work, travel Australia and abroad teaching and exhibiting, and looking towards the release of my work on home decor products with Rockflowerpaper in the United States.