I spent my early childhood in the town of my birth, Barcaldine, central Queensland and then in the suburbs of Canberra. Growing up I had a horse, lots pets and a lot of freedom. I spent a huge amount of my time painting and drawing, and this led to my decision to pursue a career in architecture. I have worked in architecture for over 35 years, both here and abroad alongside great architects and had an architecture practice of my own, but I was never entirely fulfilled by it. I often found it joyless; architecture is a very demanding profession. A few years ago, I decided to put some time aside to do the thing I enjoyed most - drawing and painting. Very quickly I knew this was how I wanted to spend all my time. My work now expresses my enthusiasm, seriousness and joy for painting. It also allows me to find meaning and delight in the everyday.