::: When did you first realize that you
were an artist?
started feeling like an artist when my
work started to sell. Up until then I
felt like I was trying to be an artist.
::: You say that the process is just as
important as the outcome. Can you give
examples of this?
also feel that the end result of what
you have produced should make you think.
I did some spontaneous glass artwork with
some friends that involved putting some
empty wine and beer bottles into a hot
camp fire over night. The process was
heaps of fun but I didnt think much
of the end result.
was also with some other artists and rather
than hiring a model they just took their
clothes off and drew each other.
+3 ::: Your money
series of paintings seem to be getting
a lot of attention online. How has the
Internet helped your career as an artist?
current artwork would not exist with out
the internet. I feel that my web site
is part of the art. The current online
attention has resulted in sales to about
twenty different countries. From living
in a small town I have to rely on the
Internet for sales. I do not have a choice.
Local opportunities are limited.
::: What artists have influenced you,
Lindsay. After I saw the movie Sirens
(with Elle Macpherson, Kate Fisher &
Hugh Grant) I knew that I had to become
an artist. I found the intellectual debate,
the good food and wine, the big house
in the Blue Mountains quite appealing.
Hart I loved the paint cannon,
the painted Rolls Royce and the carpet
ads. To me he made the production side
and the life of an artist look fun. When
I got older I hated his red neck political
Warhol Not so much his artwork
but reading about his artwork. He worked
really hard and he also got to enjoy the
results of the hard work. When I first
bought a house I painted the entire bathroom
including the toilet S-bend silver in
Andys honor. I think that Warhols
talents where not in the production side
but really in the sales and marketing
I am unsure of something I often think
What would Andy Warhol do in a situation
::: What other interests do you have (besides
at architecture, community work, politics,
caring for the environment.
+6 ::: What inspires
you to paint and how do you keep motivated
when things get tough in the studio?
my art is selling it inspires me to paint
and when it is not selling it inspires
me to work on the promotions side.
find that reading biographies and articles
on successful artists helps.
local Regional Gallery in Rockhampton
puts on some great speakers and films
about artists and this always helps the
do have a studio to paint in but I prefer
to paint on my balcony which has good
views of Keppel Bay and the Yeppoon township.
I think painting in a nice environment
the rock group. I sometimes wear make
up when I paint. When I do this I feel
like the person I want to be rather than
the person that I am. When the members
of Kiss put on the makeup and outfits
they suddenly become different people.
A bit like when Zorro puts on his mask
he then becomes another person.
+7 ::: How have
you handled the business side of being
try and deal with everybody with a high
level of honesty and integrity. I believe
that this makes the business side easier
and makes my life more enjoyable. I always
enjoy those movies were a small lie turns
into another lie and then a complete disaster
::: Could you talk about your latest series
of paintings and what you are trying to
achieve with them?
latest series was the Euros Series.
only wanted them to be sold only to people
who found me on the Internet I also wanted
them to be sold to people who have not
bought my work in the past. I really wanted
to find a new audience for my work. Up
until the Euros Series I had only sold
my work to people in three different countries
Australia, USA & UK. Now my work has
been exported to over twenty different
::: What advice would you give to an artist
just starting out?
to be poor. Make sure you really love
it. I just finished reading Jeffrey Smarts
biography. In the book he talks about
establishing an income that is not dependent
on your art work. I think this is a good
idea even if the income is small.