Simply put, I have always drawn. Had I not, I think I would have been lost without art. Growing up in the 80’s there was great pressure on what career you were going to pursue. When anyone showed some talent in anything arty, they would often be advised to aim for a career in graphic design. Who wants to be a starving artist and become famous only after they’ve gone insane and cut off an ear or died – this was what most career advisors thought of Fine Art.
I sometimes wonder where I would be now if I had chosen Fine Art instead… I can’t begrudge my advisors though, graphic design has proved to be a great skill to use throughout my life so far. I also practice fine art in my own time.
My first step was to do work experience in Year 10 with a publisher, Scholastic Australia. I was hooked. I think I drove them a little nuts as I kept asking them questions, although I was a bit shy and overwhelmed. All these very hip designers with the knowledge of what clothes to wear and what music to listen to. They called me in for paid work in the school holidays, this was great fun, and I had money! I went on to do my HSC, then entered a private graphic design course with Billy Blue School. A junior graphic design position came up and Scholastic contacted me to ask if I’d like to apply, and I was successful. I jumped at the chance as I was constantly being told it was so difficult to get a job. It’s interesting how the cycle has returned, there is so much pressure on the young to choose well, yet so many people in their mid-years are changing careers at the same time!
So I was on my way… I even started with cut and paste… BEFORE computers! Pic is from days at school, I’m the one with the flash white sunnies.