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 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. My latest collaboration as an illustrator is with author Adam Wallace, for the picture book Spark. Have a look in News for more details.
I live in an old Victorian house with my wife Bronwyn, my nine-year-old daughter Tessa, and Oscar, our deaf but adorable Westie terrier.
"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.
Mary Martin mural made18-Apr-2017
Can you believe that there is no other word for 'completed' that starts with 'm' other than 'mad..
Mary Martin Mural03-Apr-2017
Wandering down to Southbank in Melbourne these school holidays? Need a good book, or even a grea..
SPARK gets a CBCA gong!01-Mar-2017
Who would have thought it? Something that Adam Wallace and I did together that actually worked! ..
SPARK let loose!24-Oct-2016
The pyromaniacs - or just plain maniacs - have struck! With co-conspirator/co-accused/collaborat..