Born in Melbourne, 1965.
Based in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

The early years of my life I spent growing up in Frankston, Victoria, exploring the countryside and coast of the Mornington Peninsula south-east of Melbourne. Our family holidays were trips to Tasmania visiting relatives and camping in National Parks around Victoria including Wilson’s Promontory, The Grampians and the Mallee and Murray River regions south of Mildura. From an early age, I was interested in natural and wild places which grew from my families’ interest in nature and bush walking. Drawing and Painting became a passion for me during my early teenage years, from where it has developed into my life’s vocation.

After graduating with Distinctions in Painting, Drawing and Print making from R.M.I.T. Faculty of Fine Art in 1986, I worked from an Artist studio attached to my home in St Kilda, Victoria. I made a complete departure from the type of artwork done while at Art School and started on the path that has led to my present artwork, based on observation of the subject and intuitive construction of the composition. (See: Artwork Description for more details)

Through various part-time and casual laboring, hospitality and other low skilled jobs from 1984 to 89, I was able to make 5 summer bush walking and sketching trips to Tasmania’s wild mountain and coastal country. The sketches made on these trips were later used as inspiration for my studio work during and after Art School. This work also enabled me to go overseas for a three year period from 1989 where I traveled through Southern Asia, from India and Nepal through to Turkey, via Pakistan and Iran. I then worked in hotels in Edinburgh and the Highlands of Scotland before traveling back to Australia via Europe, India, Nepal and South-East Asia. I continued sketching and developing my artwork which was also enhanced by the travel experiences during this time.

After completing a Teaching Diploma in Melbourne in 1993 I moved to Hobart, Tasmania where I have been based since 1994. After my earlier trips here and my time spent in the Himalayas and the Scottish Highlands, Tasmania was the natural choice for me as a place to live and work as an Artist. Its’ landscapes have been a constant source of inspiration through sketching and observation of the land forms and structures and for developing studio based artworks. To support my Art practice I have obtained income through casual and part-time relief and English language teaching, exhibition installation, and Gallery Attendant positions. While I have been based in Tasmania this work, along with teaching jobs in Eastern Europe, has helped to make regular artwork journeys of two years of more to Europe, Asia, North Africa and Latin America. I have also recently made artwork journeys to Central and Western Australia. The works on paper from all these journeys, along with artworks done in Tasmania, formed part of recent solo exhibitions in Hobart and Melbourne and new artwork will form part of future exhibitions.

See: Artworks (Australian and Overseas Studio and  journeys) pages.

Raymond Dean