Sally Mclellan Pearson

SMcL111071cm x 51cm (28″ x 20″)

Graphite and charcoal on illustration board. Phillip Carrero 2009
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Sally Pearson (née McLellan) (born 19 September 1986[3]) is an Australian athlete. She is the 2011 World champion and 2012 Olympic champion in the 100 metres hurdles. She also won a silver medal in the 100 m hurdles at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2013 World Championships.


Sally started athletics seriously after moving to Queensland from Sydney, where she had participated successfully in swimming and gymnastics.Her idols include Catherine Freeman, Melinda Gainsford-Taylor and actress Julia Roberts.Sally changed her surname from McLellan to Pearson following her marriage to Kieran Pearson in early 2010.


Pearson broke through on the international level by winning the 100-meter hurdles at the 2003 World Youth Championships in Sherbrooke, Canada, in 13.42 seconds. She was also fifth in the 200 (24.01) and competed in the medley relay. The same year, at age 16, she ran on Australia’s 4 x 100-meter relay team at the Paris World Championships.In 2004 Pearson was third in the 100, fourth in the 100 hurdles and competed on Australia’s fifth-place 4 x 100-meter relay team at the World Junior championships in Grosseto, Italy.Sally won gold in the 100m hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics, four years after winning silver in Beijing. Laying claim to the Australian record of 12.28, Sally was the 2011 world champion in the 110m hurdles and the IAAF World Athlete of the Year. Sally competed in Moscow at the 2013 IAAF World Championships despite a limited preparation due to injury. She came 2nd and won the silver medal, running a season best time of 12.50.

Scott Martin

pd01671cm x 51cm (28″ x 20″)

Graphite and charcoal on illustration board. Phillip Carrero 2009
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Scott opened his account well in the Olympic Games qualifying round, launching the big metal ball 19.75m. However, two fouls followed and Scott’s 2008 Olympic campaign was over, finishing 10th in Group A with only one valid attempt.

At the 2009 world titles Scott recorded a best distance of 19.52m to place 25th overall, missing out on a berth in the final.

1999World Youth ChampionshipsBydgoszcz
6thShot put (5 kg)18.71 m
2000World Junior ChampionshipsSantiagoChile11thShot put17.60 m
Discus50.56 m
2006Commonwealth GamesMelbourne, Australia3rdShot put19.48 m
1stDiscus throw63.48 m
World Aths FinalStuttgart, Germany5thShot put20.38 m
World CupAthens, Greece4thShot put20.25 m
5thDiscus throw60.93 m
2008World Indoor ChampionshipsValenciaSpain6thShot put20.13 m
2008Olympic GamesBeijing, China21stShot put19.75 m
2009World ChampionshipsBerlin, Germany25thShot put19.52 m
2010Oceania ChampionshipsCairns, Australia1stShot put19.55 m C

Jana Pittman 98

pd01571cm x 51cm (28″ x 20″)

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Jana missed the 2007-2008 domestic season due to injury. She returned to the track mid-2008 aiming to compete on the European circuit in the lead-up to her main goal, Beijing. In her first competition in Poland Jana pulled up sore and was unable to resume training. In a devastating blow for the World Champion she made the difficult decision to withdraw from the Olympic Games.

Jana initally underwent surgery to the second toe of her right foot in January to remove loose cartilage and clean up the joint. She had been experiencing pain in the toe since early 2007, and decided to have what was seen to be a relatively minor procedure, which would only see her off the training track for three weeks.

Jana will now look to claiming a third world title in Berlin in 2009 and to 2012 where the elusive Olympic gold awaits.

Steven Hooker

SH PT-TSh1_med


57cm x 62cm. Graphite and Charcoal drawing on 350gsm,  watercolour paper rough. Phil Carrero
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Steven “Steve” Hooker OAM is an Australian pole vaulter and Olympic gold medalist. His personal best is 6.06 m, making him the second highest pole vaulter in history, behind only Sergey Bubka.

Steve Hooker became Australia’s first ever Olympic pole-vault champion when he won gold at the Beijing Olympics as he set a new Olympic record of 5.96 metres.
He was also the first Australian male to win in track-and-field in 40 years and the first by an Australian in a field event since John Winter won the high jump in London 60 years before.
After disappointing in his first Olympic appearance in 2004 as he missed the final, Hooker began to assert his dominance in the pole vault in 2006 when he won gold at the Commonwealth Games and the World Cup final, finishing the year ranked number one in the world.
After creating history in Beijing, Hooker claimed the second highest jump in history when he jumped an Australian record 6.06m in Boston in 2009.
The world record remains in the hands of the Ukraine’s Sergey Bubka at 6.14m.
In 2010 he went on to win gold at the World Indoor Championships, Continental Cup and his second Commonwealth Games gold medal in Delhi.

Paul ‘Budgie’ Burgess

PB Ath031_med57cm x 62cm. Graphite and Charcoal drawing on 350gsm,  watercolour paper rough.
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Paul was in great form domestically in 2005 clearing 5.91, 5.95 and 6.00m – the three highest vaults on Australian soil. His 6.00m vault moved him to No. 8 in world pole vault history. He won his third national title in March 2005.

After repeating his national title in February 2006, and winning the Sergei Bubka pole vault meet in Donetsk, Ukraine, he unfortunately failed to clear his opening height at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

He had a most successful 2006 European circuit highlighted by a win at the IAAF Grand Prix final in Stuttgart with 5.82m – ending the year as world number 2 on the IAAF Rankings. In 2007 his ranking was first, a single point ahead of compatriot Steven Hooker.



Kym Howe

KH PT-TSh1_med57cm x 62cm. Graphite and Charcoal drawing on 350gsm,  watercolour paper rough. Phillip Carrero
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Kym Michelle Howe-Nadin (born 12 June 1980 in Perth, Western Australia) is an Australian athlete competing in the pole vault. She has an indoor personal best of 4.72 metres, achieved in February 2007 in Donetsk.

Prior to entering athletics Kym was a member of the Junior WA Gymnastics team between 1993 and 1996. She has a pet, Golden Cocker Spaniel dog named Holly. In Perth Kym trains with one of the leading pole vault squads in the world. Under coach Alex Parnov, the squad includes: Emma George, Dimitri Markov and Paul Burgess. Kim’s athletic hero is Gail Devers. Interests include kids and the beach. Kym was married in 2004. Kym studied TAFE at the Mount Lawley campus and now works in a child care centre with children aged between 0-5 years.


Pole Vault 1997 3.50m
  1998 3.90m
  1999 4.16m
  2000 4.20m
  2001 4.20m
  2002 4.45m
  2003 4.30m
  2004 4.40m
  2005 4.40m
2006 4.62m
  2007 4.72m

 (Prev. Commonwealth Open record holder)

Yelena Isinbayeva: On High

DCP_148257cm x 62cm. Graphite and Charcoal drawing on 350gsm  watercolour paper rough. Phillip Carrero
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Yelena Isinbayeva at the peak of her career. Visible in this drawing, she was one of the very few female pole vaulters who continued the upwards flight after releasing the pole.

This work was sold at at a fund-raising dinner for Randwick Botany Harriers shortly after completion.

Isinbayeva has been a major champion on nine occasions (Olympic, World outdoor and indoor champion and European outdoor and indoor champion). She was also the jackpot winner of the IAAF Golden League series in 2007 and 2009. After poor performances at the world championships in 2009 and 2010, she took a year-long break from the sport.

She became the first woman to clear the five-metre barrier in 2005. Her current world record is 5.06 m outdoors, set in Zurich in August 2009.[3] Her 5.01 m indoors was the world record for just over a year.[4] The latter was Isinbayeva’s twenty-eighth pole vault world record. On 2 March 2013, Jenn Suhr joined Isinbayeva as the only women who have cleared 5 metres.[5] In the process, Suhr took Isinbayeva’s indoor world record.

Isinbayeva was named Female Athlete of the Year by the IAAF in 2004, 2005 and 2008, and World Sportswoman of the Year by Laureus in 2007 and 2009. She was given the Prince of Asturias Award for Sports in 2009. She is one of only eight athletes (along with Valerie AdamsUsain BoltVeronica Campbell-BrownJacques FreitagJana PittmanDani Samuels, and David Storl) to win world championships at the youthjunior, and senior level of an athletic event.

Yelena Isinbayeva with spikes.

pd01357cm x 62cm. Graphite and Charcoal drawing on 350gsm,  watercolour paper rough. Phillip Carrero
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Autographed by Yelena at the IAAF Golden Gala meet, London 2007.

Yelena Gadzhievna Isinbayeva is a Russian pole vaulter. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, a three-time World Champion, the current world record holder in the event, who is widely considered the greatest female pole-vaulter of all time.

Yelena Isinbayeva is all smiles after taking the gold at the recent IAAF World Championships in Moscow 2013

– “Nobody can beat me, nobody, so sorry for this,” Isinbayeva giggled.”The other girls, they need to jump higher to even come close, but I don’t think it will. Right now, it is impossible. No chance.” –

I took this photo before the the Crystal Palace championships in London 2007. My friend Alan Launder took two drawings of Yelena to the competition and got an autograph on each. Yelena gave them back to Alan so we could raise more to buy poles with. As it happened, this drawing is on exhibition at the Sydney Olympic Athletics Centre and bares her original signature. The other sold at a fund raising dinner to a pole vaulter I was coaching at the time.

Richard And Trisha.

IMGP8846s40cm x 60cm. Portrait of Richard and Trisha Duke in the wedding limousine. Phillip Carrero.


I knew Trisha Phoon from the days of helping users of Ms Access database in the Microsoft newsgroups.

I had done another portrait of Trisha Phoon previously so I was honored to be commissioned to do this one for the happy couple.

It is a fact that some portraits are easy to paint, some not so and for no apparent reason. This one was a pleasure to do. So much so that I used their pencil versions in classes to teach how to draw many times over.

All my customers are special in their own way, but if I get them as nice as Trisha and Richard have been through the years well, I’ll be doing ok!


Manuel Blasco, study on Adolf

DSCF072911 x 16. Drawing on cartridge, Phillip Carrero.


This subject is part of a series of drawings I catalogued from several artists. I used them as studies for myself as well as to teach drawing in my art classes.


There is no published bio on Adolf that I could properly credit except he seems to have moved from Lisbon to Barcelona, Spain and continues to paint and exhibit.