About me

I currently live with my partner in a peaceful little cottage on a rainforest covered mountain in Northern NSW.

I was born in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, where I spent the first eleven and a half years of my life. After almost failing high school in Sydney, I lived the itinerate life of a stockman for some years on cattle stations in Queensland, before returning to Sydney to study fine art and music. During my twenties I spent a couple of years in the UK, working as an equestrian artist, painting some of Britains leading polo ponies and thoroughbreds. I am now considered one of Australia’s most popular children’s author/illustrators, and have been published in several different languages around the world. I also work as a composer and used to be a professional flamenco guitarist (but I don’t have as much time as I’d like to practice any more). I am currently an endorsed Yamaha musician and am involved in many exciting music composition projects, which you can find out more about on the Yamaha page.

Some things I love, apart from the arts are woodworking, tea and wildlife. For many years along aside my day job I worked as a volunteer wildlife rescuer, specialising in snakes, possums and bats.

The following list contains most of my published works and exhibitions and some projects under contract but not yet released.

Published Books

Multi-modal works on DVD 

  • Teacup (40 minute multimodal work containing animations, images and narrated text from the award winning book Teacup.  Music for chamber orchestra by Matt Ottley, 2016
  • Home and Away (multimodal work containing images, the narrated text from the book Home & Away, and music for symphony orchestra and soprano by Matt Ottley) Matt Ottley, 2014
  • Parachute (multimodal work containing images, the narrated text from the book Parachute, and music for string quintet by Matt Ottley) Matt Ottley, 2014
  • Tree (multimodal work containing images, Danny Parker’s narration of his text for the book Tree, and music for string quintet and piano by Matt Ottley) Matt Ottley, 2013

CD’s of music

  • Teacup (40 minute CD featuring music by Matt Ottley for chamber orchestra and narrated text from the award winning book Teacup.
  • Requiem for a Beast Hachette/Lothian 2007
  • King Hit A collaboration with Stephen Oliver, Interactive Publications 2004

Books not yet released

  • Dumazi by Valanga Khoza, Scholastic
  • Jack and the Beanstalk, Scholastic
  • How to Make a Bird by Meg McKinlay, Walker Books
  • Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness, Dirt Lane Press
  • Wings by Danny Parker, Hardie Grant

Print media articles and illustrationswingedcreature

  • School Magazine, NSW Various illustrations since 2004
  • Beneath the Skin, May 2002 Scan vol 21, no 2
  • Lesley Rees lecture, 2008

Exhibitions of visual arts

I have exhibited paintings in the following major galleries;