I was born in Melbourne, Australia. Received my BA in Photography with distinction at RMIT in 1994 and started my professional art career matte painting on The Fifth Element and Red Corner at Digital Domain in 1996. I have matte painted for Farscape the TV series, The Lord of the Rings films 1 & 2 and most recently completed concept art for the films, The Wolverine, Maze Runner, Unbroken, Gods of Egypt and Alien: Covenant.

My real passion is painting science fiction in traditional oil paint however.

Everything I’ve learned in the film industry I’m now applying to my own vision which is very exciting. I’d be happier if my painting skills could catch up to that vision though! My current SF oil paintings reflect the desire I had to paint traditional matte paintings which I never got the chance to do professionally. Oil painting now allows me to extend beyond just the environment imagery and begin to tell stories set in these worlds.

I hope you enjoy the stories I share.

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