I went to school in Cambridge and then art school
in London. First Chelsea School of Fine Art for my
Foundation then Central St Martins for my
degree. It was formative and exciting to be in the
London the birth of sensationalism. I enjoyed the
attention of being on the cover of Exhibit '99; the
showcase exhibition of all the London Institutes'
undergraduates work. My piece, Y2K (a sculpture
of a computer made from skin and bones and
rocks) was lauded as an example of
contemporary student art. But this was not the
right path for me as a painter. Frustrated with the
dogma of Conceptualism in the Art World, after
college I ran out west to become a cowgirl.
In 2005 I came back to London and to Art. Rather
than return to do my MA in the Art School system,
I got a studio in East London and began to paint. I
got a gallery, I started to find my voice as a
painter. I started to find my voice and what I was
interested in image making and visual
communication. I was happy to have been
shortlisted for the Mercury Art Prize in 2006 but
the west and animals had by then gotten under
my skin and in 2007 I returned to California.
Yellow and the soft golden hills of the California
countryside dominated my landscape painting
while I was working as an animal trainer for film
and TV. My work life and painting life went hand
in hand with an interest in non verbal
communication. When I needed to make some
money and my career went to real estate and
interior design. That career chance helped with
my final lesson in painting. The need for
hang-ability. I needed paintings to bring together
a room. Art is about communicating great ideas
but it also has an obligation to work in a room.
I paint mainly acrylic and oil on canvas. My work
can be separated into two main categories; large
landscapes that I use for interior design and
smaller figurative work focusing on gesture, line,
and non verbal communication.