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.
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 at Hunters Hill. 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 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. Ian is a member of the Australian Society of Marine Artists and The Royal Art Society. He has had several one man exhibitions and his work hangs in Government house in Sydney, Qantas House, the Sydney Stock Exchange, AMP Building, the National Maritime Museum and in many private collections around the world.
In 2000 Ian was invited to East Timor as a war artist to record the Royal Australian Navy’s involvement in the crisis. Recently Ian was awarded the Royal Art Society’s medal of distinction for one of his works also in 2001 was the winner of the Art Scene Awards, $10,000 first prize.