I started drawing not long after I was born in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1961.
I created my MONSTA character for my School Certificate art folder 15 years later. After a diversion to Waikato University to gain an ecomomics/management degree, and (very ) brief careers in economics, and marketing I started my cartooning adventures selling Monsta Tshirts at Victoria Park Market in Auckland, then throughout NZ by mail. A spot on TV3's early bird show and a cartoon strip in the Auckland Star followed by the end of the 80s.
I drew a series on the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race arrivals in that strip in 1990, and those lead to my appointment as official cartoonist for the 93/94 Whitbread, travelling with the race drawing cartoons for TVNZ and Whitbread. For the 97'98 race I joined Swedish Match as their team cartoonist. Back in Auckand in 1999 I started drawing the America's Cup.
In 2003, I drew another America's Cup series in Auckland, got married and moved cities. In 2007 I was Luna Rossa's team cartoonist, based in Valencia, Spain, then drew for Alinghi from 2008 - 2010 as they battled Oracle in the courts and on the water. I drew another cup series in San Francisco in 2013. I've drawn for other events including Formula 1 cartoons for Ferrari, the Volvo Ocean Race, and Hamilton Island Race Week. I've been commissioned to draw boats by ISAF, Maersk and Wild Oats, and a wide range of cartoons, characters and caricatures by a long list of local and international clients.
My other specialty is live drawing, where I work on a tablet computer creating caricatures or other images that are projected live so everyone can watch as the picture comes to life. I also offer 'graphic facilitation' for businesses. This service creates a visual image of training or workshop seminars which can be a powerful way to help participants to absorb and retain verbal content.
If you can make someone laugh, you know you've made them think.
I work from home on the edge of Cook Strait on Wellington's amazing south coast. When I'm not drawing I'm usually out front racing dolphins on my paddleboards....check out the photo of the orca in the surf line up!