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I am a self-taught artist living and working in Bridgetown in Western Australia’s beautiful southwest for the past 20 years. Prior to that, for a short time I worked in Perth designing and creating interactive multimedia platforms but my passion was with creating fine art, and I hoped to make a living producing personal commissioned artwork and open my own gallery.
I had loved caricatures since discovering them at a market fair when I was quite young and practiced “caricaturising” family, friends and famous faces for many years. And so during the late 1990’s I followed this passion in the hope I could make a career from doing caricatures. My partner and I started attending fairs and festivals offering quick caricatures. These weren’t the traditional quick 15-minute black and white “generic” caricatures you often see, but full colour personalised caricatures that truly captured the subject’s personality and likeness.
This proved to be very popular and I found myself increasingly being commissioned to produce more complex caricatures from photographs of people for birthdays, retirements, etc. By 2001 I opened up my own gallery, ‘Fat Arts’, in the main street of town and had developed a reputation and a business clientele all by word of mouth and people seeing my commissioned works. Sixteen years later Fat Arts has become one of the longest-standing retail businesses in town, evolving and developing along with the community and the economic times over the years. I have painted and caricaturised thousands of faces and been privy to peoples lives and their stories and have worked hard to capture their personalities in my art.
I have also dedicated much of my time to fine art- completing commissioned artworks, entering art competitions and holding 8 successful solo exhibitions, each with at least 30 pieces of art. As a self-taught artist these exhibitions have been a journey of discovery and learning, using many mediums and techniques. In 2008 our son Ewan was born and so my career took a backseat while we enjoyed the challenges of parenthood. It was during this time that I reflected on the art I had created and decided on a clear direction I wanted to take my art into the future.
Since that time I have produced 2 more solo exhibitions, ‘Creatures at Creatures’ at Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle and most recently ’Duck, Duck, Goose’ at the Bridgetown Pottery Tearooms. In these artworks I took a different approach using mixed media, developing a new sophisticated, yet whimsical style that one day I hope people can identify as my own distinctive ‘look’.
Aside from continuing to create commissioned caricatures, I am also developing a new concept- Lifelines. This art is a pictorial timeline, showing a passage of time in a person’s life or a family’s lives with a “caricaturisation” of events during that time (for example major events, achievements, homes, schools, cars, etc).
I look forward to working on these Lifelines over the next few years as well as to continue creating fine art (including murals and public artwork) and, of course, caricatures.
Fat Arts Studio Gallery
Bridgetown Pottery Gallery
Artist/Owner of Fat Arts Studio Gallery since 2002
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