I spent the 1990’s building up my skills with a foundation of life drawing. I studied with the artist and draughtsman David Paulson for 7 years. David emphasised the acquisition of basic skills through intense observation of the human figure. Later on I attended the Julian Ashton art School in Sydney. These skills became the basic tools of my artistic ‘toolbox’.
I further developed my practice in both of my degrees in the visual arts, where I made work based upon themes of family, migration and history. In Sicily, the land of my grandparents, I learned the dying trade of cart painting. There, I developed my sense of design, colour and ability to handle multi-figure compositions. The majority of my 10 solo exhibitions since have been based almost solely upon drawing. I have also undertaken many private and public commissions.