About my family members:

Highland Scout

 Posted by on July 25, 2017  AutoBio, Family, Lefties, Travel  Tagged with: , , , , ,
Jul 252017
Highland Scout

“Sell ticker rainĀ jurrs, wee chwonn?!” Said he. “Huh? Oi dahnd unnerstehnn wotcha saiyin!” Said I. It was my first day at primary school in Glasgow and a mutually unintelligible clash of regional English accents was under way; Glasgow Scots vs Rural Aussie. Like me, the other kid was a knock kneed 9 year old Celt, but wearing a belligerent expression [READ MORE…]

Nov 052015
the inbetweener

I first started working at the Hanna-Barbera animation studio in Sydney when I was 17 years old, joyfully working on some of the crappiest cartoons ever made. I remember that time as one of great personal triumph, but also profound and enduring heartbreak. I’d wanted to work in animation since I was 8 years old but thought such a career [READ MORE…]

Aug 092014
Mexican Hotel Holiday

My Brother Jo and his family recently invited Julia and I to join them, and my Dad and his wife Wendy, for a holiday in Mexico. We’ve had a rocky time of things the past few years, and this was a wonderful opportunity to relax. Despite feeling ill the entire time, I did some sketching, and broke in a beautiful [READ MORE…]

Chook Hunter

 Posted by on October 26, 2013  AutoBio, Family, Lefties  Tagged with: , ,
Oct 262013
Chook Hunter

My paternal grandfather lives on as a cheery, little hardworking gnome of a man in my memory, yet my favourite photo of him, snapped by a street photographer well before my own Dad was even born, shows an impossibly roguish little bugger in his prime, an antipodean George Raft wearing his hat cocked at a rakish angle with his hands [READ MORE…]

Oct 012013
Tomorrow, You Only Have Memories Forever, Again. Twice.

As a child, going to the cinema was special. Seeing even a crummy movie back then was somehow way more fun than seeing an absolutely amazing movie is for me today. Of course, my childhood was in the pre-video era, when perhaps the anticipation of a movie and the fond memories of it afterward were greater than they are now, [READ MORE…]

Dogmatic vs Dogcentric

 Posted by on September 13, 2013  AutoBio, Family, Lefties  Tagged with: , , , ,
Sep 132013
Dogmatic vs Dogcentric

When I was in grade two of Catholic primary school, we started to take catechism classes where such profound notions as ‘Souls’ and ‘Immortality’ were being bandied about, not to mention the biggies; ‘Heaven’, ‘Hell’ and ‘God’. Both in the classroom and out in the playground, there was much discussion about these concepts and the ground rules that went with [READ MORE…]

Rebel, without a Pause

 Posted by on January 5, 2010  AutoBio, Family, Lefties  Tagged with: , , ,
Jan 052010
Rebel, without a Pause

I can no longer remember what caused the argument between myself and my mother on that particular day, long ago, but it probably wasn’t serious. At the age of 11, I had not yet acquired even the maturity expected of a child but already owned all the moodiness of a teenager. I was prone to statements like “it’s not fair!” [READ MORE…]


 Posted by on September 8, 2009  Drawings, Family, Illustration  Tagged with: ,
Sep 082009

In honour of my Dad’s visit to San Francisco last week, here is another image from our elephant book collaboration from a year or two ago. My father and his wife Wendy landed here on the home-bound leg of an around the world trip, and I played host to them at my tiny apartment. I also took on the role [READ MORE…]

My GrandFather’s Hands

 Posted by on June 9, 2009  Family, Photos, Thoughts  Tagged with: ,
Jun 092009
My GrandFather's Hands

This is one of my favourite photos that I have ever taken, though I realise that it is entirely for personal reasons, rather than for any photographic merits (after all, it was taken back in the days of manual focus). It is a picture of my paternal Grandfather’s hands taken on a very happy day; a 51st birthday celebration for [READ MORE…]

Twenty Five

 Posted by on March 17, 2009  AutoBio, Family, Thoughts  Tagged with: ,
Mar 172009
Twenty Five

There has been a meme going around the Facebook community whereby people write an autobiographical list of 25 factoids about themselves. Mine took a while to type (I am both a windbag and a very slow typist) so I thought I may as well post it here too, for posterity: 1. I have been on the fence about doing this [READ MORE…]