Artist's Palette

Multi-Talented Mosaicist

My life began in Helsinki, Finland, in January 1957. I came to Australia with my parents in 1959, at the tender age of two. We travelled on board an Italian ship called ‘The Aurelia’.

We stayed in migrant hostels in Melbourne, Bonegila (outside Albury) and Skyville (near the Blue Mountains) before settling for a time in suburban Sydney. After a short stint living in Adelaide, we moved back to North Sydney where my father had a bad accident while working on the Cahill Expressway. Some scaffolding collapsed underneath him and he fell about ten metres, breaking nearly every bone in his body.

With his workers’ compensation payment, my father bought five acres at Tahmoor near Picton and established a poultry farm. I was aged seven. Amongst my first memories

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