He is also a self-taught cook, successfully landing a segment with local cook show Haus Cook.
Since then, he has been known to viewers as ‘Uncle Tony’.
But now, the artist/cook is trying fuse both his passions together on a new platform – the internet.
“I love challenging and inspiring others and myself to move forward,” he said.
Tony is now moving forward with a new concept; Uncle Tony’s Smoking Pot.
This will be his own cook show dedicated to food and art fusion – a contemporary PNG style of cooking.
But this show will be internet based – with videos uploaded on the show’s YouTube channel.
“This will be a bigger and wider audience; reaching international viewers. It will showcase the variety and creativity of PNG food. In a way, it is tourism promotion on my level,” he said.
Tony explained that for the show, he will meet locals, collect local ingredients and cook a specific signature dish for the local area.
“We will be using local knowledge and creating dishes on the spot. So viewers see that there is no strict way of cooking. There is limitless supply of ingredients to use.
“You just have to cook from the heart,” he said.
“And while we’re there, we can also feature the local area with a little bit of history knowledge added.”
Tony will be travelling to Alotau tomorrow to prepare for his first shoot by late November -December.
In the meantime, he is calling on fans and viewers to assist him set up his basic kitchen.
“I’ll accept cooking utensils, people buying my painting, paying me to cook for them, anything to help me with this project.”
Facebook page: Uncle Tonys Smoking Pot