I have started this web site to showcase my photography and art works so my friends and family can keep up to date with my travels.
I come from New Zealand and started painting about 35 years ago. I took a break from painting for many years when I started a family. I took up painting again about 20 years ago. First off, using Acrylics, and then changed to Oils. When I moved to Australia I went back to Acrylic’s as I was very mindful of the toxins and chemicals that are associated with Oils, Turpentine etc. But my love for Oils has taken over again and recently I have found some wonderful new water soluble Oil paints, which are totally chemical free and the brushes even wash out in water, they are called W oils.
My love for Photography started when I would Tiki-tour ( travelling ) around NZ and take photo’s for the purpose of painting, but from there it has evolved into a passion that I love as much as painting. I am a member of the Peninsula Camera Club, in the North of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. In this beautiful country and NZ we have some of the most picturesque scenery, lush rain forests and wonderful beaches, why would I want to go anywhere else. I am now doing more photography and will paint from time to time while traveling on our trips.
I have just bought a Rubber dingy and a battery powered motor to help get us along the waterways, be great for bird watching, photography and images to paint. Having a battery powered motor keeps the pollution out of the water and will be very quiet, it certainly does not go fast, which is all that is needed. Should be fun. 🙂
Don ( my good friend and travelling companion ) and I are getting geared up to do some trips next year as we believe that it’s a lot more fun with company and more to the point safer in numbers, I have done a lot of travelling on my own but not so wise any more, real shame, but that is how things are now a days. Don has ordered a Cub Camper trailer which he now has and it has every thing that is needed, he will tow it with a Pathfinder 4×4, as we are both into photography it makes sense that I join him on some trips, all helps keep the price of travel down. Our love of nature and outback makes it a good combination for getting out there, so much to see and do.
I am also a member of the Australian Photographic Society ( APS ). I have been involved in entering National and International Competitions. Since 2009 I have achieved my AAPS photographic Honours with the APS and in 2011, I was awarded my AFIAP Honour’s with the Federation Internationale de I’art Photographique. ( International Federation of Photographic Art )
I use a Canon 550D SLR and have a variety of good quality Lenses. My most used Lens is the Canon 70-200 L with a teleconverter for the birds and nature subjects. I also use a Canon 24-105mm L lens and a travel Lens 15-85 IS Canon and that is so versatile when travelling and not needing to change Lens on the go. So what I really photograph a lot of is Nature, Landscapes, waterfalls and most things really except people.
I hope that you enjoy my site as much as I have enjoyed taking the photos and writing of my travels.
All my Photo’s and paintings are for sale, please contact me for any enquirers to purchase or feed back.