The Amazing Mr Q

I was born in Adelaide, South Australia and grew up with three older sisters and a younger brother. Our family moved to Brisbane, Queensland in the early 80′s when I was fifteen.

At school I was always trying to build, paint, or draw something not always conventional. I just wanted to be creative…

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a pencil in my hands drawing dinosaurs, robots, or animals of some description, anything that inspired me. I spent many years just enjoying the shear thrill of creating something for myself.

I started to take my art more seriously and in my mid 30′s slowly built up a portfolio and explored the use of different materials. I worked more and more with watercolour pencils.

In 2006 I studied Book Illustration at the Commercial Arts Training College in Spring Hill www.catc.edu.au and the following year studied Children’s Book Illustration with Gregory Rogers at Illustration House in Southbank, Queensland.

In 2008 I completed a workshop at the Queensland Writing Centre (QWC) www.qwc.asn.au called ‘Let the Pictures Talk’ presented by Narelle Oliver www.narelleoliver.com. After that, there was no doubt in my mind I wanted to become an illustrator and some day, write my own children’s books.

At this time I was also reading all I could about children’s storybooks and attending events and seminars. Since it’s launch in 2006 I have participated and acted as a volunteer for the CYA Conference http://web.me.com/qmsa/CYA/ in Brisbane and met other authors and illustrators with the same interests.

I also started volunteering my services as an illustrator to gain more experience, and Illustrated Artwork for Aurealis Australian Fantasy & Sci-Fi Magazine www.aurealis.com.au.

As well as the QWC I am a member of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) www.asauthors.org and the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) www.scbwiaustralia.org Queensland branch.

In 2010 I finished illustrating my first children’s book for Interactive Publications, Pty, Ltd. “Long Live Us!” was written by Edel Wignell and published by IP Kidz in 2011 www.ipoz.biz/Titles/LLU.htm.

I am currently developing projects of my own and working on improving my craft.