About

Statement

I am a painter and digital artist.
I was born in Berlin, Germany and when I was twelve, moved with my parents to Liberia, West Africa. After that I lived in Suriname, (South America), North America, Liberia again and finally England, over 25 years ago.
Many things inspire me –memories of houses and countries I’ve lived in, old photographs, nostalgic childhood pictures, the beauty I see around me, loss and sadness – in short, life.
My paintings and digital images also reflect my interest in colour, layers, texture and mark making. Colour is very important to me because it can so well describe a particular emotion.
My artwork is quite varied and often jumps between the abstract and the figurative - I like working in this way as I find it very liberating. In my digital art I fuse parts of my paintings and photographs and through juxtaposition create new and different meanings.
This process often has unexpected results and produces images which are new and exciting. For me, this process of exploring, experimenting and improvising is as satisfying as the end result.

2019 Activities, Exhibitions and Highlights

Highlights 2019
In March - pre-selected at the RBA (Royal Society of British Artists)
In June - my painting “Gertie on the low wall” was chosen as the “Painting of the Day” by British Contemporary Art.

Activities/Exhibitions 2019
January - February - Nude or Fully Clothed Exhibition, Nude Tin Can Gallery, St.Albans
March - Workspace Gallery, Dunstable
April - Landscape Exhibition, Workspace Gallery Dunstable
April - Hertford Open at Courtyard Arts
April - June - Big Art Showcase, New Maynard Gallery, Welwyn Garden City
May - Kimpton Art Show
May - Solo Show of my big abstracts at the Gatehouse Gallery in Harlow
May - “St Albans Exposed” Exhibition at the Nude Tin Can Gallery St.Albans
July - Big Art Fair, Hitchin
July - August - St. Albans Art Society Summer Show
September - OPEN STUDIO
October - December - Exhibition with the WYND Gallery in Letchworth

Selected Exhibitions & Highlights 2015 – 2018

September 2018 - OPEN STUDIO My studio in St. Albans
September/October 2018 - “Art Below” Regent’s Park 24/9 for 4 Weeks
October 2nd – 22nd 2018 - Anemoi Art, Brook St, London – Group Show
Nov.20th – Dec. 2nd 2018 - Lumi Arts, Pimlico, London – Group Show
July 2017 - Menier Gallery London, 84th Annual Exhibition, National Society
July 2017 - Herts Affordable Art Fair, Hitchin
August 2017 - Shortlisted for NOA - National Open Art Competition 2017
December 2017 - "Art Below" Los Angeles, Grand Union Station, from December 4th for 2 weeks
April 2016 - Courtyard Open Exhibition, Hertford
April 2016 - Leyden Gallery, London “Art without Borders”
July 2016 - Platform Open Arts, at Morphets of Harrogate
July 2016 - Menier Gallery London, 83rd Annual Exhibition, National Society
September 2016 - New Artist Fair, The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London
April 2015 - Saatchi Gallery London, Slideshow of Images on a big screen, 2nd floor
June – July 2015 - Menier Gallery, London 82nd Annual Exhibition, National Society
August – Sept 2015 - The Nude Tin Can Gallery “Geometric”
September 2015 - Open Studio 2015 at The Nude Tin Can Gallery

Awards and Prizes

  • Annual Summer Show, Courtyard Gallery, Hertford - Won 2nd prize (May 2008)
  • Hertfordshire Open Exhibition - Won the St. Albans Prize – 1st prize in that category (Dec 2011), Awarded by St. Albans District Council

Education

  • 1994 – 1998: Extra Mural Courses in Life Drawing, Ceramics & Textile Design at the University of Hertfordshire
  • 1999 – 2000: Full time Access Course in Art & Design, University of Hertfordshire
  • 2000 – 2003: BA Fine Art Degree Course, University of Hertfordshire
  • May 2014: “Form & Abstraction”, St. Ives School of Painting, Cornwall
  • 2015 – to present: Life Drawing classes at The St. Albans Art Society

Memberships

  • Elected Associate Member, National Society of Painters, Sculptors & Printmakers(AMNS)
  • Herts Visual Arts
  • St. Albans Art Society