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 watercolors, changing 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 and with three children, Ian lives in Hunters Hill in a heritage house built in 1906 as a doctor’s residence. Ian enjoys taking to sea on his yacht Karalee; he has completed many ocean races. 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. In 2000, the Royal Australian Navy invited Ian to East Timor. He spent time on several of the ships painting scenes of the navy’s involvement during the crisis.
He joined Don and Margie McIntyre on a trip to Antarctica in 2002 aboard the Sir Hubert Wilkins on a 5 week voyage, during which Ian sketched and painted the magnificent scenes of the great southern continent.
Ian exhibits with the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, the Kendall Gallery on the Isle of Wight and galleries in Sydney. He is a Fellow of the Royal Art Society (NSW) and the Australian Society of Marine Artists. He has had several one man exhibitions and his works hang in the 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.
Ian has won several awards, the first in 1961. He won 3 Thomas Well’s Awards, 2004, 2007, 2010 and an Award of Excellence, 2005 & 2012 at the International Marine Art Exhibition at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport.
In February of 2005, he sailed aboard the square rigger James Craig, completing a round voyage from Sydney to Hobart.