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Hi! Welcome to my website. Although I trained as a zoologist, I am now an illustrator, 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, The Poppy, a CBCA Notable Book, is quite a departure from my usual subjects, and no, it is not about botany! And, yes, I am well aware of the irony of a book called The Poppy being written by A Plant. 

I live in Melbourne, Australia, with my wife Bronwyn, my eight-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 latest 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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Malvern Central School mural opened16-Mar-2016

It's been a busy time mural-wise, as another one had just been 'officially' opened, the Malvern ..

Anzac Centenary Mural21-Jan-2016

With Christmas/New Year out of the way, I should finally add a bit more about my biggest project..

In the news ... paper04-Nov-2015

It's not exactly front page headlines, but if you live in Melbourne in Stonnington, browse throu..

Living Fossils appear!01-Nov-2015

A gorgeous advance copy just arrived - Living Fossils: Clues to the Past, published by the wonde..