Having completed the intermediate certificate, my schooldays were finished
and it was time to seek employment. The first six months was helping my
grandfather build a house.
I enjoyed working with timber but the house was finished
and I did not seek further employment in this trade.
The idea of becoming a sign writer interested me and having an ability to draw,
I applied for an apprenticeship with Henry Rousel Art Studios in
Oxford Street, Sydney. This is where my education began.
This firm had two artists employed as well as six sign writers.
I was encouraged by the artists to learn the signwriting first
then pursue an art career. The theory was, "that there were a lot of artists
trying to scratch out a living, but you could always survive on sign work".
How right they were.
I stayed at Rousels for eight years having worked with these people on a great
variety of work such as glass work, general signs on various buildings in
Sydney, poster work and a time in the silk screen department.
I ventured out in the suburbs and worked for Sinclair Signs where a former
sign writer named Rex Newell had left and they were short of a pictorial artist.
This gave me a chance to develop my art skills, as the commercial motor vehicle
industry really got a go on and there was quite a bit of art work required.
The year was 1970 and I decided I would like to start my own signwriting
business. This turned out to be a good move as I carried on until the computer
age moved into the trade. I was not interested as I felt all the skill went
from the trade. However I met up with another Rousel apprentice who came along
after I had left. His name is John Perkins, quite a successful artist in Sydney.
John encouraged me to come along to his art classes in oils and he helped me
quite a lot, also having tuition at John Wilson's annual workshops at
Katoomba was a great experience especially in tonal values, perspective and
I work mainly from photographs taken locally and on the mid north coast.
The Macleay Valley area interested me greatly as I spent the first ten years of
my life there and still travel back whenever I can.
I am available for commissions.
Sunrise at Scone - oil - $320
Simpson's Gap NT - oil - $340
Macleay River Rural - oil - $300
Wyangala Dam - oil - $320
Little Bay Afternoon - oil - $300