Born in South Australia in 1948, Ian’s childhood years were spent on the shores of Hervey Bay and 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 11. His first oil work still hangs in his studio in Hunters Hill. Joining the navy at 15, Ian served for 12 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.
Ian enjoys taking to sea on his yacht Karalee and 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 where 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 about the Sir Hubert Wilkins on a five- 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 as one of its premier artists, 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, and more recently the Thomas Well’s Award at the Maritime Gallery “The Tweed,” and the Award of Excellence at the International Marine Art exhibition in 2005. In February of 2005, he sailed aboard the square rigger James Craig, completing a round voyage from Sydney to Hobart.