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my story

I am a painter, printmaker, a teacher, a dog-lover, a wife and mother, and an enthusiastic traveller with over 40 years experience as a professional artist.

I studied a degree in Printmaking at the University of Santa Cruz, California, before training at the prestigious San Francisco Art Institute. I also have a Masters in Drawing as Process from Kingston University. For many years, I was a portrait painter, mainly of humans, but also of their canine companions, and I still happily take on commissions.

But most of my work now is about capturing a sense of place.

Originally from California, I’ve been privileged to live overseas for most of my life and I love to travel. I draw  inspiration from the world around me and try to distill my experience of people and places in my painting.

Based in Bahrain for 8 years, Lebanon, Oman, Jordan, Qatar, Israel and Palestine, the Emirates, Fujairah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Egypt and, most poignantly, Syria were all on our doorstep. Not much farther were Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Ethiopia and Kenya.

I explored them all with my sketchbook and camera, and was almost overwhelmed by the visual stimulus, the beauty and the colour. But more significantly, I was welcomed so warmly by people who live on so little and whose lives are so full of joy and dignity, and I was deeply moved by them. Also, people whose histories had been torn apart by conflict and political upheaval, who simply get on with life.

If there is any purpose in my work, it is to highlight this humbling experience and to show respect to people like the camel herders of Ethiopia or the mango sellers in India, whose lives are so rich and who leave such a small footprint on the earth.

Now that I am living in England again, Richmond Park , the south downs and the south coast are huge inspirations to me. I believe that artwork can be a force for good in the world. Both through doing it and seeing it, it can change perceptions in tiny but powerful ways…