Born 1948, joined the RAN at 15 as an apprentice Shipwright and served for 12 years including active service Vietnam 1967-68. Became a Professional Artist 1975. Has won 6 Art Awards at the annual International Marine Art Exhibition at Mystic Seaport USA since 1987. Naval Artist during East Timor crisis 2000.
Self taught and actively painting at 8 with watercolours, won The Wide Bay and Burnett Districts Art Prize when he was only 12 as well as 1st 2nd & 3rd prize in the children's section. At this stage he was giving a set of oil paints and became totally entranced with this medium.
Ian is a Fellow of the Royal Art Society (NSW) Fellow of the Australian Society of Marine Artists, Fellow of the Australian Institute of History and the Arts. Ian is a Premier Artist at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport (USA), one of only 20 appointed world wide. Since 1987 he has won 6 awards at the International Art Exhibition held at Mystic each year. He was appointed a Naval Artist for East Timor during the crisis in 2000. He was appointed Official Artist for The International Fleet Review in Sydney 2013.
At 15 he joined the Royal Australian Navy as an apprentice Shipwright and served on various ships and bases for 12 years including active service in Vietnam 1967-68. He continued to paint in off duty hours and held his first One Man Show at Prouds Gallery Sydney 1974 while still serving. The success of this show convinced him to try becoming a full time artist once his enlistment time expired in 1975.