The Australian government sets up a wide-ranging carbon tax after a long fought battle. The general populace are left puzzled and bemused after years of arguments between political rivals and vested interests.
The Federal Government finally agrees to a national Royal Commission into institutionalised child abuse after intense lobbying by the Newcastle Herald and Journalist Joanne McCarthy. This was on behalf of hundreds of victims of Catholic Clergy in the Hunter Valley and thousands more across the country.
The Conda Awards are the region’s annual prizes for acting. In 2012 the theme was a combination of the Addams Family and Happy Days to celebrate 50 years of television in the Hunter Valley. I was asked to provide an artwork for their advertising and programme.
The rise of social media – which is more about gossip than fact – has led to exaggerated stories about dogs. Wild claims have been made about domestic pets being stolen to feed dog-fighting rings, few of which have been verified by police or animal welfare groups.
I’ve been drawing the human figure for many years and recommend it as a mental exercise for artists. I even did some modelling myself at one stage. My preferred medium is pastel on canson paper.Here’s a few samples.
We have a cheap family meal at our local club once a week. One of the senior chefs recognised me as the newspaper’s cartoonist so I photographed him with my phone and created this portrait of him as a personal gesture. He was delighted with it and later had it framed.