Joshua crowther is a young laywer with a passion for lead drawing on his days off.
Full name: Joshua Deane Crowther.
> Time spent living in the Manning Great Lakes:
I was born in Forster and grew up in Nabiac until the age of 18, when I moved to Newcastle to get a few degrees and for work. I have been back in the area, living at Smiths Lake, for 2 years now.
> What do you enjoy most about living in this area?
Being able to have a swim at the Forster Ocean Baths during my lunch break each day.
> Profession? Lawyer at Bromhead Legal.
> Describe your home and work environment:
My home is what my friends call the Elven Haven, sitting opposite Smiths Lake with trees all around me. It is an incredibly peaceful place – really quiet and serene.
I feed the myriad of birds each morning and also my possum friend Pugsley at night. My work environment is a typical legal office, with files stacked on my desk!
> What are some of the challenges working in the legal field?
Proper access to justice for people is always an issue, because some people cannot afford legal services, despite representation being necessary to get the proper outcomes.
I pride myself on listening to my clients and providing the best advice possible without charging the earth.
> How do you spend your day?
Each week I hit the desk and get stuck into various files, or go to court. I have a diverse array of files running at the moment, with plenty of criminal, property and estate law issues keeping me busy.
After work I tend to find myself drawing into the night with charcoal on large canvasses, which are unique but really effective. I do some commission artworks which can take weeks to complete, depending on size and detail.
> Hobbies and interests?
Drawing. Reading. Writing. Learning to speak Francais. Playing Rugby Union with the Premiership-winning Forster-Tuncurry Dolphins.
> Struggles and highlights of the job:
It can be stressful taking on the problems of my clients, so it is important to have a good work / life balance.
Drawing is my outlet, because I become totally focused (in Eckhart Tolle fashion) in the making of a new artwork. With respect to being a lawyer, there is a general and constant satisfaction that comes with helping my clients resolve their legal problems.
> Why would you not change your current circumstances for the world?
I only have to walk 200 metres from the office to be in the ocean, so life is good. Plus, my brother Joey has his podiatry business in Tuncurry so I get to see him a lot, which is a big bonus.
> Do you feel you live a double life as a creative artist and as a corporate person?
Absolutely. The principal of my law firm, Stephen Bromhead, calls me the ‘bohemian lawyer’, because I have an alter-ego as an artist. I love working on legal matters during the day before switching roles to draw at night with my box of crumbly willow charcoal.
> Life motto:
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.
> Thank you Joshua.