I thought I was great at drawing before I went to university, then I learned that drawing isn’t a gift, it’s a technical skill. During an intensive set of studio sessions at Monash I learned to draw by measuring and by observing rather than by feeling and it taught me the single most important thing in my design career: to not get precious with my work because design is iterative. It’s okay to throw it out and start again.
During my free time I also learned to paint using oils. This painting is based on a photo I took at Frank Thompsons Reserve, Kinglake, about 6 months after the fires. The photo was a part of a series for research for a video project.