a note

Here's where to look if you want to know what I'm up to. You'll find photographs, sketches, anecdotes, ideas and updates, including - hopefully - book publishing news. I can't promise to post regularly while I'm travelling - and I can't promise to be witty or clever, but I will promise to be honest. No fake news here.

For the past year or so I've been entertaining the idea of travelling...

Me in the Lake District, England, November 2015

Since submitting my PhD in September 2017 I had planned on having a holiday, a break, to rest and rejuvenate - to experiment with new imagery and artforms - but life didn't quite work out as I'd imagined (for the most part it's been for the better).

It took 12 months for my PhD to be assessed and finalised, during which time I doubted myself and my ability to draw, worked as a Research Assistant, wrote most of a novel in the lounge room of my share house (which I don't advise, but it was the only place I could fit my desk) and schemed.

The result of my scheming?

In less than a month I'll be leaving the sunny shores of Australia - and probably won't be back for two years or more!

Where am I going?

First to Greece, to an island called Aegina to rest, relax and recuperate - and to write. I intend to begin the first draft of my second novel while there, and hopefully get back in the habit of drawing.

Then, after a month I'll be journey through Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands - and finally, around February 2019, I'll reach my end destination: the UK.

Once there my plan - which is subject to change - is to settle in Edinburgh, Scotland to live and work and write and draw for at least a year. We'll see what happens...

Yes - I know - I'm heading for a double winter

I am excited at the prospect of travelling, but know I will miss my friends and family. I am grateful, though, that these days it's easy to keep in touch. (Not like sending a letter from Sydney to England in the 1800s, hoping the recipient will get it in 3 months - and if you're lucky - you'll get a reply in 6! People were tough back then.)

Now that I have been officially awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Natural History Illustration I feel I can finally share the body of illustrations that made up my PhD (these were assessed along with a 45,000 word exegesis which described the research, context and production of the illustrations).

Below is a small selection of the individual illustrations...

...but these individual illustrations were actually presented together in a webpage, which formed a chorography (reduced to very simple terms, chorography means the description of a region) of the bushland on Callaghan Campus of the University of Newcastle.

To access the chorography click here (or go to and enter the following password: NHIChorography

I hope you enjoy!

I can hardly believe almost three years have passed since my colouring book Wildscapes was published. It was such a frenzied period of work trying to meet the publisher's deadline (I had 12 weeks to sketch and ink 88 pages of illustrations + a book cover!).

As part of the whole clearing out and packing up to move overseas I decided to do a digital clean-up of old files too - and came across these sketches - an early version of the cover and several sketched pages which didn't make the final book.

FYI Wildscapes is currently out of print. I hope one day that it may once more grace bookstore shelves... I'll keep you updated.