"I have had a career as a West Australian realist painter spanning over 40 years (1976-2020). I started my painting heavily influenced by photorealism and have maintained a determined approach to creating works which pay tribute to the unsung, daily elements of our lives. I studied at the Claremont School of Art with my ethos shaped by art influences gleaned from my time residing in the U.S.A. I choose subjects that bring out the social aspects of our everyday life: the cricket match, the beach, our obsession with gambling and so on. I have created a lifetime of paintings which constitute unique Australian images drawn from everyone’s immediate neighbourhood."
"I use the camera to collate images for analysis and technical composition in my studio before I translate them with meticulous detail into paintings. I believe my responsibility as an artist is to create the end result as an image that resonates in a familiar yet powerful way with the viewer.I hope my legacy will be fascinating and interesting documents of the lives of those who lived with me and around me from the late 1990s into the 2020s. In my long career as a realist painter, I have also documented architectural and social changes around Perth. Many of the original buildings I have painted have been torn down or removed from our landscape. I have also painted many portraits – once gain of people who have passed away yet remain a significant part of the history of Australia and Western Australia in particular."
"I won the 1987 Sir John Sulman Prize for Australian Genre Painting and was awarded the commission to paint Queen Elizabeth 11 Opening of the new Parliament House in Canberra. I have also painted the Opening of theHigh Court of Australia which hangs in the foyer of the High Court in Canberra.I try to view my subjects with the cleanness of the first encounter with a scene or place. My goal is to transform the prosaic and ubiquitous into a moving and reflect urban narrative. Many artists proclaim that their paintings speak for themselves – few actually achieve this. I aspire to be a painter whose works articulate the most captivating stories” - (Marcus,2021).