The luckiest person on the planet, he lives with his wife, dog, cat and a transient population of wild and not-so-wild animals on a small farm in the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal midlands of South Africa.
He trained as an interior designer, designed houses, shop interiors, exhibition stands and fashion shows, played drums and worked as an art director before drifting into fashion and advertising photography.
In 1993, he became inspired by the story-telling possibilities of digital manipulation of his photographs, and developed a style of photo-illustration. His technique consists of taking lots of photographs, throwing them into a photo-snaffling machine, stirring it up, and sticking it all together with computer glue. Lately he’s been carefully cultivating, and chopping up some tasty CGI morsels to throw in as well.
He has a simple work philosophy of “Enchant yourself, and you will enchant others” which he combines with a love of detail, and a fascination with non-verbal communication.
He works with major clients, ad agencies and publishers in the UK, USA, South Africa and Australia. He also is working on illustrated childrens’ book concepts and other personal publishing projects.
His first book, an illustrated version of the “Little Red Hen” story for Simon & Schuster (New York) was released worldwide in February 2004, with a new version of “The Hare & The Tortoise” for Simon & Schuster (New York) released in February 2008.
His own illustrated story concept, “Carla Chicken and Carla’s Famous Travelling Feather & Fur Show”, about a ballet-dancing chicken, was released by Byron Preiss Visual Publications (New York) in February 2006.
He has had a range of greeting cards, calendars and posters, “Cow Planet” being published under licence in Holland, and which has sold more than 300 000 worldwide.
He is passionate about animal welfare and biodiversity conservation concerns, and a percentage of proceeds of sales from all he does is donated to animal welfare.
*6 “Silver Quill” awards for photographic craft. (South Africa)
*1 “Loerie” award for photographic craft (South Africa)
*Won the the South African section of the 2001 Hasselblad International Competition (South Africa)
*Won the “John Dodds Challenge” for digital manipulation (South Africa)
*Awarded 4 pages in prestigious Hirt & Carter calendar competition (South Africa)
*Won a gold and a silver “RX Club Award” in New York for work produced for Glaxo Smith Kline.
BMW-Mini (UK), Budweiser (UK), Orangina (A.G. Barr) UK, BDH\TBWA (Manchester), Pringles (USA), Nestle/Nescafe (UK), Billington Cartmell (UK), QBO BellPottinger (UK), SAAB (UK), Vauxhall (UK), Carlsberg (UK), Ola (Unilever SA), SONY Playstation, TBWA (London), Glaxo Smith Kline, Paling Walters Targis, Simon & Schuster (New York), Mens Fitness UK, The Knowledge (The Times), Mens Health (UK), MoneyWeek (France), New Electronics (UK), Penguin (UK), The Economist, Hodder (UK), The Recruitment Business (London), Arizona Opera, Cleveland Opera, De Beers, Durex (SA), Jupiter Drawing Room (SA), Scholastic Books (Omnibus Australia), Sun International, Standard Bank (SA), Dannon (USA), Ecover (UK), Innoxa, Nike, Playtex, Wrangler, TenAlps PMA, London Boat Show, London Zoo, and Yamaha, amongst others.