After completing my indentured apprenticeship in Southeast Queensland during the 80s, my journey began, and I didn't fully realise the adventures that lay ahead. Pursuing a course in painting and decorating at Yeronga College of T.A.F.E. in Brisbane positioned me positively for where I am today.
As a Journeyman, my experiences in Central and Western Queensland further solidified my understanding of what constitutes a finished product. I came to appreciate that the essence of our work is not merely about painting and decorating; it's about protecting and enhancing the substrate, as wisely conveyed by Tony Sweeny from Mt. Isa. I consider myself fortunate to have been exposed to all facets of the trade, working alongside exceptional individuals who generously shared their ideas, knowledge, and skills with me. This created a cycle of continual learning and a commitment to continually challenge the benchmark.
Upon arriving in the Territory in the early 90s, I found a wealth of opportunities for professional development. Through a combination of best practices, trial and error, product recommendations, and collaborative knowledge-sharing with fellow painters and decorators, one common objective always stood out: customer satisfaction. As I explored different career directions and diverse disciplines over the years, I couldn't help but be drawn back to the trade I had honed. Today, I'm delighted to be back in the business, offering the skills and knowledge I've accumulated over the years. What's even more fulfilling is having apprentices as part of the team, which enables me to pass on this valuable knowledge and experience to the next generation of painters and decorators.