About Me

ARTWORK

My style is to realistically depict the marine life of New Zealand, Australia, and the South Pacific, in dynamic poses as opposed to what I call 'frying pan' shots, where the subject is just 'side on'.

I work in graphite pencil and charcoal which is dark and dramatic and works well in any space.  Maybe I'll pick up a coloured pencil one day... 

 

BIOGRAPHY

Born and bred in Tauranga, New Zealand, my wife Paulene and I have four teen/adult children.  A keen fisho, diver and amateur photographer I spent a lot of time on the water.  I was a Quantity Surveyor for almost 30 years until six years ago I was diagnosed with a rare auto immune disease which forced me to give up work (which was great to get out of the building industry but not the way I planned it).  So a couple of years ago I picked up a pencil and started scribbling which I hadn’t done for years.  A side effect of the disease was that I had developed ‘the shakes’ which was interesting when drawing but turned out to be quite handy with some techniques and details.   Because I couldn’t fish as much as I used to I started drawing them instead, and so Fish Art was born.

  

 FISHY TALES

By no means an expert fisherman, I have managed to nail a couple of nice fish over the years including a couple of striped marlin, largest kingfish in the NZ Nationals, a Tongan record yellowfin tuna, NZ record Albacore, a 32lb Snapper on 6kg, and a 30kg+ kingfish on spear... but I still get a kick out of catching piper off the wharf.

My brothers and I with a nice haul of bugs