“I paint because I have to. I wake up thinking in color and gesture and lines wriggle up my spine. I am now a mother, a washer of dirty hands and smiling faces, a cooker of kale chips and preparer of pack lunches. But that need persists. My current work is in collaboration with my children. I start my work with colored grounds, colored pens and crafting intentions and I ask my children to draw. They do not draw what I expect them to. Such is life, I work with images that I like to ruminate on, images about how to parent, how to play, what can I learn from my children, what I should teach them, how can I love them more. Somehow in the mix of the studio; a painting is born”
I am from London. I have a Fine Art BA honors from a Central St Martins in London. I moved to the US in 2001. I ran Sunset Ranch, a horse riding barn under the Hollywood sign for 4 years. I went back to London in 2005-07. I did a post grad in Painting. I came back to LA and worked for an animal training company, acting as an agent for animals for the film and TV industry. Then got lucky in Realestate. I got married and had kids (yay!), got divorced (Boo!) and remarried (Yay! again). I am currently a mum, a award winning Super Host on Airbnb; and just starting to exhibit my paintings again.
Foundation, Chelsea School of Fine Art, London 1997-98
Fine Art BA Honors, Central St Martins, London 1998 -2001
Post Graduate Diploma, Dali school at CSM, London 2006
Awards & Distinctions:
shortlisted Mercury Art Award 2006
Chop Chop salon, Los Angeles January 2020
Shifting Narratives, LA Mayors offices and Mount St Mary’s University, https://hcidla.lacity.org/commission-status-women?fbclid=IwAR1YfLaSROLIWzL5r2mvoUBn8pDe1m9oxJhK0VuRE6gAL00xAcMCdyVjZv8
My children where born 2010 & 2012
Art for Youth, The Royal College of Art, London, 2010
Project Ethos, Hollywood, 2010
Cannibal Flower, Los Angeles, 2010
Create fixate, Broken, Downtown Los Angeles, July 2009
Affordable Art Fair, London 2007 - 2009
Ideal Home Show, London 2006 - 2009
Art for Youth, The Mall Gallery, London, October 2009, 2008
Centered on the Center, Huntingdon Beach Art Center, Orange County, California 2008
BA (Honors) Degree Show, Central St Martins College, 2001
Exhibit 99, Annual showcase of fine art from all London Institute colleges, 1999
"The great artist is the simplifier"
Vincent Van Gogh
LIFE WITH KIDS
This is a painting of a memory. The idea is that the boy looks at the girl, and that is somehow related to the couple at the end of the path. The stylized muted colors remind me of the hot and the dust and the dry of the past or as the name suggests, their future.
The maturity of his little face. As the title suggests, this is about the family roles. Lacking the bright colors typical of the portrayal of childhood, this somber little painting explores non traditional family roles.SOLD
This is about parenting. Drawing boundaries and enforcing them. It is about protection and husbandry. The compositing is a portrait of family.
I like the self belief. The knowledge and comfort in her own skin. The world is simple here and she is King. Little does she know.
There is an image of a girl on the salt pot. I love that girl. This painting comes hot on the heals of a painting I did and quickly sold called The King. I was inspired by a painter, sadly I do not remember her name, at a expo in London. She made quick, perfectly simple drawings in paint of girls faces. I was struck by the simplicity of it. What discipline I’d need to stop at perfect and walk away. Or perhaps she was selling paintings so quickly she needed to be swift. This is a formula. An icon. She is a pair with Might; a similar painting of her bother.
these are the paintings I have been doing with the children.