Biography


I was born and raised in London, England and was introduced to painting at five years old when my cousin came to visit one weekend and showed me how to paint by numbers in oil. I was immediately smitten and there 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 travelling around the world. 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 seven years on the road, I arrived in California and settled in Santa Cruz, where I went back to college, studying art and interior design. I worked as a sign painter and logo designer, then as an interior design consultant before becoming a full-time artist in 1990.

I started out painting in oils but became allergic to the solvents, so I transitioned through watercolor and acrylic before finding non-toxic mediums and thinners that allowed me to return to oils. I am mainly a landscape painter but sometimes paint florals, nudes and mixed media abstracts. I also construct 3D illuminated statues for Burning Man.

Awards and shows 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
Poster Artist