Nick was born on a farm in Victoria's Yarra Valley in 1973. He was the son of an artist and a primary school teacher. He spent his childhood climbing haystacks and making mischief in his father's studio. When he moved to the outback at the age of 6, he discovered a wonderful new world and his creativity bloomed. Nick always told family and friends he was going to be a drawer and a writer. It wasn't until 1996, when he got a job at the bookshop, he finally found a way that would bring those two loves together. Untrained, he spent the next couple of years reading every picture book that hit the shelves and began discovering his style as a storyteller and illustrator. He now lives in tropical Darwin where he works full time as an author illustrator. On weekends he works as a guardian for 120 aboriginal boys from around Northern Australia who are boarding in Darwin . He loves both of his jobs and hopes to combine them in the near future.