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Originating from Australia, I have spent many moons exploring and marinating myself in the glory of Spaceship Earth's mountainous realms. The themes of my work are heavily influenced by this experience.

I have always struggled with the concept of labelling myself with the title of 'Artist", perhaps more of a squiggling enthusiast. I have taken it upon myself to find teachers and learning tools to further my knowledge and skill in the craft. High-school art classes were my only "formal" learning, the only class I believe I never wagged. Many thanks to my Nan and Pop, extensive travel fueled my childhoo. Along with the encouragement of all my parents,  there was always a scribe and a surface in which to express upon. I lost my way in the creative world for a while after high school, never obtaining the belief that a 'living' cloud be provided by drawing. This until in recent years, I went full circle and picked up those drawing utensils and started attempting to replicate the brain manifestations inside my head.

I love a sense of obscurity, something not quite the "norm", a picture within a picture, this brief window in which we get to experience the universe is too small to take too seriously. Exploring and allowing your mind to run free with ideas in imagery can be heaps fascinating. I openly feel through meditation and other means of tapping into the ‘muse’ as Steven Pressfield puts it. Different rooms in my head are unlocked and its contents allowed to roam freely, I don't feel as though the ideas are mine half the time, I am merely an observer of my own consciousness (sorry getting deep as I'm heavily elevated {oxymoron score} writing this haha). My influences are broad, as there is so much this little blue dot can and does offer it would be unjustified to pinpoint certain aspects.

My medium and style has taken many forms as I grow deeper into my human form, from black and white dot-work to animation and digital paint. 

My life being somewhat nomadic, my art bag and set up is heaps portable. I carry in that bag a 6mm thick LED light box, usb plug-in [revolutionary! I use to redraw a picture up to 7-8 times over before a final result using a lot of tracing paper], using this to grab many images to combine into one has been an insane time saver, and allowing me to draw final edits without the messiness of pencil lines and marks.  A 16” Macbook from which I sort my logistics and produce digital works, and a Huoin tablet to assist in the digital.

I am currently in the forever process of making positive steps towards fuelling my art by “greener, eco” means and believe heavily in the holy “R’s” (Reduce, Re-use/Repurpose, Recycle). You can read more of my sustainable practices here.

Due to my lack of business and marketing, the love and stoke of others on my creations bring my insides an immense amount enjoyment and motivation.

My desire of you is to enjoi my artistic manifestations as much as I enjoi creating them!