What are Lifelines

Lifelines are a growing collection of portraits drawn live, of individuals I meet serendipitously around the world.

They had their beginnings on a trip to Thailand in November 2004 when I decided it might be fun to draw some of the characters I was meeting along the way.


Only days after my return home, the Boxing Day Tsunami wiped out the very places I had just met so many wonderful people.


I realised then the bond I had formed with these individuals, and that in the process of creating these portraits, I had captured more than just a moment in time. 

Since then, I find myself addicted to drawing these portraits, especially when I travel ... from familiar faces to those of completely random strangers I come across in the street.


It’s an amazing exchange of experiences between myself and these individuals – especially when some of the boundaries are massive cultural differences and language itself ... but these vanish, and a human bond remains, leaving a lasting impression on both of us.



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The World Reimagined

I live in Perth, Western Australia ... incidentally the most isolated city in the world ... and whilst I have a selection of drawings from my home town, you will find numerous galleries from other international locations including Thailand, Ecuador, Peru, Vietnam, Bhutan, India, Bali, Malaysia, France, UK,  Spain and Portugal in the collection so far.

This website is a celebration of the amazing, diverse people, places and cultures I have been lucky enough to experience - and those that are still around the corner.

I hope to inspire others to seek out the beauty in that which is contrasting and different .... as well as that which is familiar and perhaps taken for granted. Respect it, learn from it ... preserve it.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has become a part of Lifelines, however it might be that our paths have crossed ... even if just in the cyber-world ... your support is priceless to me.

* Lifelines are not intended to make the subject look good or bad - they are simply captured moments. Love or hate the end result ... either reaction is the right one.

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