I wrestle with the challenge of finding an authentic visual voice that is true to my vision, whilst not being a slave to reality.
I went to East Sydney Technical College for two years – but really, what shaped me most was the affirmation of my talent for observational drawing from family, friends, and teachers from a young age.
I left art school and came to Tasmania when I was 19 years old. The Tasmanian environment was fabulously aesthetic and varied – perfect for someone interested in painting landscapes. Tasmania nurtured my career, and within six months of arriving I had my first exhibition.
The fact that Tasmania has clearly defined seasons and light is definitely special in the Australian context. As a landscape painter, the subjects vary – but composition and colour are the two standout themes that I enjoy playing with the most.
The White Mouse – The Story of Nancy Wake | Peter Gouldthorpe, Omnibus, 2015. Shortlisted C.B.C.A. 2016
Ice, Wind, Rock: Mawson in the Antarctic | Peter Gouldthorpe, Lothian, 2013. C.B.C.A. Honour Book Information Category 2014.
Lyrebird | Jackie Kerrin, Museum of Victoria, 2012. C.B.C.A. Honour Book Information Category 2013.
No Return: Scott’s Race to the Pole | Peter Gouldthorpe, Lothian, 2011.
The Dog on the Tuckerbox | Corinne Fenton, Black Dog Books, 2008.
Queenie: One Elephants Story | Corinne Fenton, Black Dog Books, 2006. C.B.C.A. Honour Book Information Category 2007.
Pannikin and Pinta | Colin Theile, Lothian, 2000. C.B.C.A. Shortlisted Young Readers 2001.
Norton’s Hut | John Marsden, Lothian, 1998.
The Lost Diamonds of Killiecrankie | Co-created with Gary Crew, Lothian, 1995.
The Wonder Thing | Libby Hathorn, Viking, 1993. Houghton Mifflin Co., 1996.
First Light | Gary Crew, Lothian, 1993. C.B.C.A. Winner Picture Book of the Year 1994. Gareth Stevens Publishing U.S.A., 1996.
Grandad’s Gifts | Paul Jennings, Viking, 1992. C.B.C.A. Shortlisted 1993.
Hist! | C. J. Dennis, Walter McVitty, 1991. C.B.C.A. Honour Book 1992. Republished as a Walker Books Classic, 2012.
Sheepdogs | Jack Bedson, Walter McVitty, 1990. Japan UNI Agency, 1990.
Walking to School | Ethel Turner, Collins/Ingram, 1988. Orchard Books U.S.A. 1989.
Don’t Get Burnt | Jack Bedson, Methuen,1985.
Jonah and the Manly Ferry | Peter Gouldthorpe, Methuen, 1983.