I first started in the printing industry when I was 18 years old and went into design, within the industry not long after. I found the design aspect of the printing industry very enjoyable and pursued a career in that area while securing a sound knowledge in the ever changing printing field. Hands-on with my finger right on the pulse. I gained formal qualifications, then went on to teach Graphic Design at TAFE NSW, before moving to Tasmania.
Throughout my graphic art career, I have always found my projects interesting and seeing my work in cinemas, newspapers, books and magazines is always exciting. One job in particular had an incredible story behind it. An Australian movie was to be made in which the main character was to gamble, and loose, all his money with disastrous consequences. Because there were to be close-ups of the action, the director wanted the scene to look as real as possible. That's were I came in. I designed the theatre money to be used in the gambling scene.
The equivalent of thousands of dollars of theatre money was printed and it looked so real. It really was 'perfect'. But, by the end of the first day of filming the gambling scenes, twenty percent of the theatre money went missing. Despite the Director's pleas to the contrary, it wasn't long before people were trying to spend it around town. Two men went to the busy Randwick Race Course and tried their luck in the worst possible way, and ended up being arrested for trying to pass 'counterfeit' money.