I was born and grew up in Kenya, East Africa and later briefly lived in England before emigrating to Australia. I have completed a Diploma in Graphic Design, a Diploma in Visual Art, an Advanced Diploma in Creative Product Development and recently a Post Graduate course in Public Art. My Art career began in Graphic Design progressing to freelance Illustration with various different publishers, mainly working in the area of Children's Books.
I would consider myself to be principally a painter belonging to the tradition of still life. As a painter, I am attracted to both common and unusual objects of everyday life and the stories their visual relationships can tell. My aim is to make the ordinary seem extraordinary and the familiar to appear somehow unfamiliar. I try to portray the infinite beauty of colour not only in every object itself but also in the interaction between objects, their shadows and the surrounding space as light travels over and amongst them.
I am fascinated with the play of light and shadow that make up the subjects. I concentrate on refining and perceiving the light and dark through the use of opaque layering and transparent glazing with oils. I try to emphasise the variety of tonal variations and subtleties of colour.
Over the course of 2013-14 I have been very fortunate to work on an exciting and unique body of work for The Diggers Club. I was commissioned to paint a collection of life-size resin replica models of a large diversity of Heirloom fruits and vegetables. These will go on public display in Gallery of Plant Sex and Seed 2017.
( see Heirloom information )