Biography


I was born and raised in London, England and was introduced to painting at five years old. 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 traveling 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, then transitioned to watercolor and acrylic before finding non-toxic mediums and thinners that allowed me to return to oils. I am mainly a landscape painter but have also painted florals, nudes and mixed media abstracts.

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
Poster Artist