Sometimes, rarely, my day job in policy and my art career converge. Nail Aykan became my subject for my second entry into Australia's Archibald Prize 2019, as I painted WA politican John Hyde MP back in 2010. Just sent it off to the courier. Exhausting but good.  
Until recently, Nail was the Executive Director of the Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) for seven years. For many, he is the most well known, respected and relatable Muslim leader in Australia when it comes to listening and explaining the experiences of the Muslim community. He engenders trust in people. Nail ...Read more>

9 March 2019 |

If you remain unmoved by the first half and havent laughed by the second half - you're offically dead. Making music is a second-rate description for this wonderful performance. Music is integral to my painting. I can't even begin to make a mark without finding just the right music which untaps the images which sometimes flow right onto the canvas, bypassing my careful planning, which is just how I like it. How dull to know exactly what to do in every moment. 
Jaroussky, Lemieux - concert in Baden Baden - encores
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1 November 2018 |

A wonderful new anthology I'm proud to be part of and, honestly, it's so readable and a breath of fresh air in terms of understanding the hidden cultural diversity in LGBT communities worldwide not just Australia. Living and Loving in Diversity has been nominated for a LAMBDA Literary Award in the US under anthologes too, a testament to our wonderful editor Maria Pallotta Chiarolli.
It speaks for me, each chapter, about racism in the homogenous LGBT community but also turning our lives around by using that to become happier people writing ...Read more>

30 September 2018 |