WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT I WOULD BE SURPRISED TO FIND IN YOUR SPACE?
It would probably be either the quantity of paint or number of fire extinguishers, though many visitors would say my basketball hoop. I currently have in excess of 2000 litres of acrylic paints and over 170 water-type fire extinguishers on my warehouse shelves.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL WORKSPACE IN THREE WORDS…
Abundant, stocked, expansive.
WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN AND FROM WHOM?
Work hard. Advice given to me by my late mother Pam. She worked harder than anyone I know and, from an early age, drilled into me that working hard is the key to success.
WHERE DID YOU FIND THE COURAGE TO FOLLOW YOUR OWN PATH?
I knew I had found my calling when I started taking painting seriously in my late teenage years. Whether it was experimenting in the studio or taking late-night adventures to paint on exterior walls, I felt energised and empowered to follow my passion.
WHAT WOULD YOU TELL YOUR 18-YEAR-OLD SELF?
Be humble and stay focused. But most importantly, practice patience. A successful career in the arts is all about patience and perseverance.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF IN THE SPACE?
My cavernous main painting space, which has an electrical hoist system that allows me to lift and lower large paintings. I am also especially proud of my growing archive, which houses a painting or two I keep from every series I have made to date.
DESCRIBE A REAL LIFE MUNDANE SITUATION THAT INSPIRES YOU.
When a constant downpour of rain creates gravity-fed watermarks on raw concrete walls.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT?
In the past decade, I have undertaken a number of projects where I have performatively painted large tilt-slab concrete warehouses and filmed the process. But my dream is to upscale this concept to the highest level, where there are no limits to the scale and type of location, the number of crew, cameras, assistants, equipment, paint materials, and, of course, catering.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT ARTIST’S TOOL?
My airless sprayer.