Can you tell us about your background and how you ended up doing what you're doing?
I’ve always drawn – never really been able to anything else really. I come from a background in creative work for the music industry. I was once the Creative Director at Sony Music before leaving to co-founded my own studio dedicated to creating visual identities for the music industry. We won a bunch of ARIAs for our work before disbanding when I moved the New York to concentrate on my illustration work.
What's been the highlight of your career so far?
There’s been a few, I’ve been very fortunate in my career. Being the only artist in Australia to have won four ARIA Best Cover Art awards is pretty satisfying to look back on. The high school version of myself would never have believed that! But working with clients such as Coke, Ferrari, Nike and Kiehl’s is something I’m very proud of also.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to any aspiring creatives?
Trust your style and have faith in your work. I spent many years when I was young trying to emulate my heroes before understanding and believing that I could follow my own instincts to deliver work that is unique and specific to my own voice.
What was the inspiration behind this piece?
When I lived in New York, my front door would be tagged almost every night with new graffiti, stickers and posters. I loved that it kept changing so I spent time making an entire series of neighbourhood doors and their ever changing graffiti. The series is called Knock Knock New York, and I’ll continue on it once the world opens again.