The complex patterns and bright vibrant colours in nature are the focus of my art. I am drawn to ocean and coastal scenery; the crystalline waters and myriad of colours reflected by the azure sky; the intriguing mobile patterns formed by the gentle motion of the waves and the dance of ripples around strewn rocks and pebbles.
From childhood to the present day, the artistry in nature has intrigued me. This cultivated early by family road trips across North America and later on independent travels abroad. I have always loved to draw and attended the Ad. Art Program at Fanshawe College in London in order to hone my artistic skills. After graduating I began work as a Freelance Artist, receiving commissions for watercolour paintings, pen & ink sketches and murals. I continued this work part-time while developing as an artist. In the early 90's I changed gears and worked overseas as an ESL Instructor. During that time, I travelled around Hawaii and Tahiti and found inspiration for my works based on the surface patterns of water. When I came back home, I returned to a focus on art. I started with oil pastels, finding their richness ideal for portraying the intense tropical colours. In the early 2000's i began exhibiting my work and experimenting with other materials, such as mosaic tile, as a way of abstracting and simplifying the image.
Now living in London I continue to paint and exhibit in local shows & galleries. I have also given workshops on my oil pastel and mosaic tile technique. Travel still plays an important role in my life and art - I feel an affinity with Anais Nin's statement - "We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls." An artist is on a journey, one of self-expression - I hope to communicate what I have experienced through my art.