I'm an artist, illustrator, designer and maker from Queensland, Australia. I had the good fortune to spend my childhood growing up in the mountains and forest. It was very wild and quite isolated, and it has had a lasting influence on my work and process.
As an artist, I am motivated by storytelling. It has always been the way I express myself visually which makes my work quite detailed and multi-layered. Because of this, my work draws heavily on natural elements, symbolism, history, mythology and archetypes from around the world. I like storytelling because of the response it gets from an audience. It leaves a lasting memory, an emotional response. This response is what I aim for in the work I create, no matter the application.
With this sketchbook, I took the opportunity to be a little freer visually. I come from a design background and it is part of my process to be visually meticulous and perfectionistic. In the early stages of this book, I let myself splash colour around in rough shapes and then built a narrative according to what was inspiring me at the time. The Icelandic winter I was experiencing at the time was getting colder and darker and I was listening to a lot of Australian music. The narrative for this book was inspired by the song "Jack Nimble," written & performed by Angus Stone. Mental health is a matter of importance in Australia, particularly rurally, and I wanted to create a narrative around that theme. This song helped me build a narrative about a man who has returned from war and struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The script came last. I composed it by way of a series of letters he wrote to his wife as he became more and more distressed. The impact of overseas conflicts in Australia was seen by way of the families who lost people and the ones who had them returned, permanently changed. This impact had a ripple effect through generations that is still felt currently.
This sketchbook's bones grew in an Icelandic winter, was fleshed out in Scotland and was made whole as the Australian summer faded. It was an experience I hope to repeat.
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