I was raised in East Africa, moving between Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda as my family moved in search of adventure and career paths. My first influence was my father a good painter but he only when the mood and time took him. He introduced me to an exciting world and although we often lived in remote locations with no opportunity to visit art galleries we had prints of Degas, Van Gogh, Vladimir Tretchikoff and local artists. His classical record covers were illustrated with beautiful paintings and I visited them again and again.
My interest while at boarding school in Kenya was fostered by an art teacher who gave me the keys to the Art shed during long lonely weekends. When I won a Young International Art Award I knew where I was going.
I went to England at 19 and attended Ravensbourne College of Art and Design majoring in fine art, sculpture and printmaking. In my fourth year my etchings were exhibited at the Royal Academy 'Young Contemporaries". I was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours)
I moved to North Queensland shortly afterwards and taught for TAFE and private enterprise , designed textiles and worked in freelance graphic design for 7 years. On relocating to the Sunshine Coast I took up painting again and was represented by Red Hill Gallery Brisbane, Lasting Impressions Kenilworth and the Channon Gallery NSW. My work is in collections in Australia , Europe, New Zealand and Kenya
I am now living in Cairns again after a 20 year absence and am awed by the beauty of the tropics. In many ways it connects me to my African childhood .
I am primarily a landscape painter . The landscape tells a story of the past and present events both environmental and humanistic.
My paintings are not about representation but about the emotions and memories they evoke.