From Hansonville, just outside Wangaratta, Tim began his arts studies at Wangaratta College of T.A.F.E. In 1982 he graduated from Bendigo College of Advanced Education with a Diploma of Fine Arts, majoring in Photography and Painting. He has since worked consistently in dance, community arts and theatre as a visual artist, designer and director.
Since 1983 Tim has worked on many community arts projects. These include Artist in the Community and Going Dancing in Wangaratta, Dance on Darwin, Fire on the Water and March to the Future in Darwin, and The Party in the Park in the City of Knox, Melbourne. In 1987 he worked extensively with the Melbourne-based company Dance Works as a designer and fabric artist in collaboration with company members. Tim was Designer in Residence with the Darwin Theatre Group in 1988. During 1989 Tim spent in the Aboriginal community of Lajamanu, working on a community theatre project, which toured surrounding Aboriginal communities and eventually made its way to both Darwin and Alice Springs.
His work draws him towards the celebration of people, their place and their art. Tim collaborated with Tasdance in 1987 in the creation of When the Sun Says Goodnight, Orville's Outing in 1989, The Seed is on the Ground in 1990, The Journey in 1992, Cycles of Time in 1994. Tim designed and co-directed Illuminations, a community celebration held in Launceston's Cataract Gorge in November 1992. A collaboration by Tim, Jenny Kinder and Ian Chia, Illuminations involved over 400 participants, and was inspired by Tim 's experience of living and working with the Aboriginal community of Lajamanu in the Northern Territory. He also designed and co-directed Illuminations 2 in 1993, and was mentor and advisor to Trisha Dunn and Catherine Freeman for Illuminations3.