Biography


I was born and raised in London, England and was introduced to painting at five years old. I was immediately smitten and began a lifelong love affair with art. I studied at the Byam Shaw School of Painting & Drawing, the Central School of Art & Design and the Camden Arts Centre before my restless nature inspired me to go traveling. I explored many interesting countries and cultures, working and painting along the way. I studied Batik in Sri Lanka and Sumi-e in Japan, developing a love for bright colors and calligraphic lines.

After wandering for seven years around the world, I arrived in San Francisco via Hawaii, and was introduced to Santa Cruz by a traveling friend. I was entranced by its natural beauty and decided to stay. I went back to school and studied fine art and interior design, working as a sign painter and logo designer, then as an interior design consultant. In 1990 I decided to become a full-time artist.

I started out painting in oils, then transitioned to watercolor and acrylic. Finally I found non-toxic mediums that allowed me to return to oils. My main motif is landscape, but I have also painted flowers, nudes and mixed media abstracts. My favorite artists include Georgia O'Keefe, Wayne Thiebaud, David Hockney and Jackson Pollock.

Awards include:
Creative Grant, unSCruz, Santa Cruz Burning Man Regional
Special Juror's Award, ARC Gallery, San Francisco
Winsor & Newton Achievement Award
Triton Museum of Art, San Jose, CA
Los Gatos Museum of Art, CA
Museum of Art & History, Santa Cruz, CA
Impact Award for Excellence
Best of Show at the Almaden Art Festival
Poster Artist for several art festivals