2020 - What to expect so far:
- Murders On The Nile, Cluedunnit, Perth 2020
- Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Australian International Opera Company, China 2020
2019 - The year in a nutshell:
- Wet Sounds, FringeWorld Festival, Perth, 2019
- Der Ring des Nibelungen, Pacific Northwest Opera, Mt Vernon USA, 2019
- Le Nozze di Figaro, Australian International Opera Company, China, 2019
- Thrones - interactive dinner theatre, Perth, 2019
- Aladdin, Willetton SHS, Perth, 2019
- The Crucible, Willetton SHS, Perth, 2019
- Peter Pan, Willetton SHS, Perth, 2019
- The Rape of Lucretia, ICW Productions, Perth, 2019
- Murders On The Nile, Cluedunnit, Perth, 2019-20
I've been creating/making/painting something ever since I can remember and most always with music in the background. It was a natural progression that after high school, where I learnt music and theatre arts that I went on to study Set and Costume Design at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Following that I spent a fair while designing and making costumes and sets for both theatre and nightclub shows in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney.
I designed a gender bending King Lear which was performed at the Lighthouse Theatre in Woollahra, I think about 30 people came over the entire season. The critics were savage to all but my work. looking back on the photos I can only wonder why I wasn’t savaged too.
There was also a time where I ran a costume design business in Melbourne called Drama Queen for a little while and painted murals of decadent Weimar Republic cabarets, a subject I love to this day, I was even commissioned a triptych of the subject a few years ago.
And so I ended back in Perth to spend more time on my art but somehow got sidetracked by the need to eat and therefore earn a living. So since I’ve been back it’s been a matter of juggling full-time work with art.
I have however had a solo exhibition at the now defunct Soto Cafe in Mt Lawley back in 2005, in 2006 I did the artwork for a tarot based board game, a Demo CD cover in 2009, published a book cover in 2010, contributed album art in 2011, as well as other private commissions spanning these past few years.
Late 2013- early '14 has so far been very productive. Australian Eloquence published a Tchaikovsky disc in late 2013 using one of my images, followed by the re-release of Karl Bohm's classic Elektra with Inge Borkh, using another.
The remainder of 2014 was taken up with the set and projection design for Operabox's new production, the modern Australian premiere of Donizetti's Anna Bolena, modern because it was the first time since 1875 that the opera has been performed on this continent. The production was performed as part of the Perth Fringe World Festival to great success and nominated for a Fringe Award.
Late in 2015 I was invited by WA Opera to design their float submission for the annual WA Pride parade.
I'm currently working on many design commissions, particularly for Graphic Design such as logos and branding as well as an increasing number of website design clients too. Clients in include Giovanni Consort, Henry Choo, Operantics, Lost & Found, OperaBox and Hustle 7 Bustle Costumes.
In mid 2016 I suffered from a series of rather serious strokes and the remaining time has been taken up with recovery and rehabilitation. As part of my self prescribed rehab I decided to rebuild this website.
2017 saw more recovery and rehabilitation, namely in the form of designing the sets for The Diments, Perth's first Rock Opera. It was such an exciting project I couldn't have said no and one that I will have the privilege to revisit in 2019.
Since then, which was October, I have been concentrating on the making of props and headgear and have once again started accepting commissions with a shop facility soon to be opened for the sale of such items.
2018 was rather busy and very rewarding as I relearn skills and improve my recovery. I have had some excellent commissions, including a full set of sexy Spartan armour inspired by the movie 300.
The year began with me doing the set design and decoration for a music video, ‘Her Shoes’ by Sophie Jane and ended on a high note with commissions for set designs for Mozart's opera Le Nozze di Figaro as well as designing and making props for a show called Wet Sounds, which made it's Perth debut at Fringe World, 2019.
2019 has found me hit the ground running, so to speak, with walking stick in tow! Now that Wet Sounds has headed off to Adelaide Fringe and Le Nozze di Figaro heads off to China in March my attention is once again turned to the banks of the Rhine as I revisit my Nibelungenlied Project for it's stage premiere in the US in early May.