Born in South Australia in 1948, Ian’s childhood years were spent on the shores of Hervey Bay. It was here that his deep love of the sea and ships began. By the age of eight, he was actively painting with watercolours, moving to oils when he was eleven. His first oil work still hangs in his studio in Hunters Hill.
Joining the navy at fifteen, Ian served for twelve years continually painting the ships and scenes he observed on his travels. On leaving the navy, Ian decided to paint full time and eventually settled in Sydney.
Married with three children, Ian lives in Hunters Hill and paints from his studio at home. Ian enjoys taking to sea on his yacht Karalee, competing in many ocean races each year. Sailing is still an important part of his life and it is from these trips that he draws his inspiration and great understanding of the sea.
Ian exhibits with the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut USA, the Kendall Gallery on the Isle of Wight and various galleries in Sydney. In January 2002, he was appointed one of Mystic Museum’s “premier artists” – an appointment only given to twenty artists worldwide.
Ian has won awards at Mystic International Art Exhibition, held annually at the Maritime gallery, Mystic Sea Port in Connecticut USA.
- 1987 Award of Excellence
- 2004 Thomas Wells Award
- 2005 Award of Excellence
- 2008 Thomas Wells Award
Ian is a fellow of the Royal Art Society (NSW) and is also Vice President of The Australian Society of Marine Artists. He has had several one man exhibitions and his works hang in Government House in Sydney, Qantas House, the Sydney Stock Exchange, the AMP Building, the National Maritime Museum and in many private collections around the world. He mainly works on commissions.
- He was a naval war artist for East Timor in 2000.
- Joined Don McIntyre on a 5 week voyage to Antarctica on board Sir Hubert Wilkins in 2002.
- Crewed on board the barque James Craig on its historic return trip to Hobart in 2005.