Background as an artist
I was born in Sydney, Australia and I now live in Tasmania.
First I trained in photography in the days of film and darkroom chemicals. Then I studied
ceramics and visual arts in general. I attained a Masters Degree in Creative Arts and
started to get work teaching in art schools in various parts of Australia. I set up a
ceramics studio called One More Art Lane (it was a disused mechanics shed at the end
of Moore Lane). I also worked in community and cultural development, promoting
community arts and international cultural exchange.
After some time I set up a graphic design business called Infinity Design which was
logistically easier and cheaper to manage than a studio because everything happens in
pixels in a laptop computer. I was a board member of regional and metropolitan galleries
in Perth, Western Australia where I also worked in University art schools as head of
In 1996 I was artist in residence at the Artigas Foundation Studios in Barcelona and had the privilege of working in the same studios that Picasso, Miro and Tapies had done in the past. I spent time in the USA, Asia and Europe and moved to the southern most part of Australia, the island of Tasmania in 2011. That was the year MONA opened (Museum of Old and New Art) which has changed the Tasmanian economy and cultural landscape: https://mona.net.au/museum
I am currently employed as Arts and Cultural Development Officer near Hobart, the main
city of Tasmania.
How did you end up choosing your media?
I have been heavily influenced by Japanese ceramics. From first contact I fell in love with
ceramic form and surface. Ceramics is a complicated process from the beginning to end
with many chances for failure along the way, so it is satisfying when to go through the
physical nature of working with clay and fire to achieve a good work.
Ceramics is my main medium but at Haihatus I chose to make brushes from found
materials and to explore mark making on paper using Sumi ink as a medium.
What do you find as the best and worst sides of being an artist?
The best side of being an artist is being able to explore like a child, to discover what
different mediums can do and how they can be manipulated and explored. Human
creativity is a primordial trait that is common to every culture. Its a privilege to be part of
this global aesthetic. I have also met some wonderfully interesting and engaging people
from all over the world.
Is this your first time in Finland? What kind of expectations did you have about
This my first time in Finland, however I grew up with a Finnish friend named Heikki
Nivala. The Nivala family lived two houses along the street and the job for Heikki and me
every Friday was to heat the wood fired sauna. After sauna we would have Sima drink
and Pula buns. So I knew a little about Finland and am very happy to come here. Because I
came in winter I expected it to be cold, I was not disappointed.
What are the best sides / opportunities in having an art residency?
The best side of an art residency is that you get time to focus on the work and to relax.
There is an opportunity to create a body of work that could lead to exhibition or
What are your plans after Haihatus?
When I return to Tasmania I intend to set up a new ceramics studio. I started the process
before Haihatus and look forward to spending days in the studio creating and engaging
with the elements of earth, water, fire and air.
How does Haihatus meet your expectations?
Haihatus has enabled me to take some time out of a busy schedule, to relax and create and
explore some different creative processes. It is unique in its structure and location, its
mysterious and inspirational.
I made a simple website called brush.ink.paper.snow to display some of the works I
created at Haihatus: www.brush-ink-paper-snow.weebly.com