Platypus01

Welcome…

Hi! Welcome to my website. Although I trained as a zoologist, I am now a Melbourne based illustrator, mural artist, author, science educator, and theatre designer, director and choreographer. You'll see that a lot of my art and many of my stories still have a zoological bent, however, and that I'm pretty keen on dinosaurs! My latest book as an author/illustrator, The Perfect Leaf, is due to be released in April/May. And yes, like The Poppy, I am well aware of the irony of two of my books having botanical names, given my surname. It wasn't deliberate, I promise! But books with those sort of names do seem to keep on getting picked up by publishers ...

I live in an old Victorian house with my wife Bronwyn, my ten-year-old daughter Tessa, and Oscar, our deaf but adorable Westie terrier.

The Poppy

"Across northern France, poppies bloom in the fields where once, many years ago, millions of men fought and died."

So begins my picture book, The Poppy. Agreed, not the cheeriest opening, but it is ultimately an uplifting true story of remembrance and commemoration. It's taken over two years of researching, designing, and painting, plus two trips to France and the subject of the story, the small town of Villers-Bretonneux. If you haven't heard of it yet, you will over the next few years as Australia begins its commemoration of the Centenary of the First World War. Follow the link to see a few of the 70 paintings and several reviews. The Poppy is out now through Ford Street Publishing.

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The Perfect Leaf24-May-2018

It's not out yet, although it is in my hot little hands. My first author/illustrator effort sinc..

A new mural sets sail20-May-2018

Amazing what you can do in under a week when inspiration strikes! I recently spent a few days in..

Glitch gong!13-Mar-2018

Our favourite little OCD bug has just become a Notable Book in the Picture Book of the Year cate..

Lyrebird gong25-Oct-2017

Yes, although I always say that the reward is in the performance, in being part of a successful ..