Biography


I was born and raised in London, England and was introduced to painting at five years old by my cousin who showed me how to paint by numbers! I was immediately smitten and there began a lifelong love affair with art. After high school 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 after visiting Marin County, LA and Santa Barbara, I was introduced to Santa Cruz by a musician friend. I was entranced by its natural beauty and decided to stay. I went back to school to study fine art and interior design, and worked as a sign painter and logo designer, then as an interior design consultant. After doing interior design for five years, I decided to go for my dream and become a full-time artist.

I started out painting in oils, then got sick from the toxic fumes and transitioned into watercolor and acrylic. Finally I found non-toxic mediums that allowed me to return to oils, my favorite medium. My main motif is landscape, but I also enjoy painting flowers, nudes and mixed media abstracts. Favorite artists include Georgia O'Keefe, Wayne Thiebaud, David Hockney, Frank Stella, Elizabeth Murray and Jackson Pollock. I am developing a unique style that can be described as magical, surrealistic Dynamism, an art movement that describes the intrinsic dynamic movement and flow of nature.

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