With a background in Graphic Design, I have always had an appreciation for the arts. I had spent 10 years in Advertising and came to the realization that the industry wasn’t for me, and that I wanted more time for my interests, especially my family. Wife and 3 kids. That was 21 years ago!
Since then I have had a very fulfilling career with then, Metropolitan Fire Brigade and now Fire Rescue Victoria as a Fire Fighter, and am proud of my accomplishments over the years and now find that I have the time to pursue Painting.
Cherry Parker, oil on linen by Andy Comisso
Semi finalist of the Moran Portrait Prize 2022
More than an Athlete, oil on linen by Andy Comisso
Portrait of Paralympian Kelly Cartwright
6 years ago I re-connected with my passion of the arts and began to explore the medium of Oil Painting and the great masters such as Sargent, Caravaggio, Duran and many more.
I had absolutely no idea what I was doing, but had an understanding of what I wanted and where I wanted to go. After purchasing the most cheapest and basic of materials, I commenced some online tutorials only to discover that I actually had a passion for it.
With a competitive nature, I wanted to push myself further and began looking for classes to attend to further my knowledge and hunger to improve. When I came across VAS I was beside myself, that was 5 years ago. My teachers were Stephen Doyle, Ben Winspear, Nic Chen, Paul McDonald Smith and currently Greg Smith. I am truly thankful for all the knowledge I have obtained from them all.
Skull, oil on Canvas
Still life with Oranges, oil on linen
Master copy of an Adolphe Bouguereau, oil on canvas
Self Portrait, oil on linen
I feel that my time at VAS has helped me progress beyond what I had imagined, to the point of gaining the courage to do a workshop overseas. I successfully completed a 4 week Workshop on Portraiture at the Angel Academy of Art in Florence this year. I was able to take what I learnt from VAS and in my studio at home and have a solid understanding of the lessons delivered in Florence. This in turn has helped my progress with further knowledge and desire of painting.
My passion is firstly Portraiture, then Still life. I find the challenge of capturing the human spirit and emotion to be a great quest of mine. I feel as though I’m some time away from total autonomy, but I’m definitely enjoying the journey!
On occasions I paint En Plein Air, appreciating the beauty of nature.
I am so pleased to be part of the VAS Community and look forward to many more years of painting.
We would like to pay our respects to the traditional owners of the land on which our building stands, their leaders, past, present and emerging.