I am a painter and printmaker, a teacher, a dog-lover, a wife and mother, and an enthusiastic traveller.
For many years, I was a portrait painter, mainly of humans, but also of their canine companions, and I still happily take on commissions.
But most of my work now is about capturing a sense of place.
Originally from California, I’ve been privileged to live overseas for most of my life and I love to travel. I draw inspiration from the world around me and try to distill my experience of people and places in my painting.
Based in Bahrain for 8 years, Lebanon, Oman, Jordan, Qatar, Israel and Palestine, the Emirates, Fujairah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Egypt and, most poignantly, Syria were all on our doorstep. Not much farther were Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Ethiopia and Kenya.
I explored them all with my sketchbook and camera, and was almost overwhelmed by the visual stimulus, the beauty and the colour. But more significantly, I was welcomed so warmly by people who live on so little and whose lives are so full of joy and dignity, and I was deeply moved by them. Also, people whose histories had been torn apart by conflict and political upheaval, who simply get on with life.
If there is any purpose in my work, it is to highlight this humbling experience and to show respect to people like the camel herders of Ethiopia or the mango sellers in India, whose lives are so rich and who leave such a small footprint on the earth.
Now that I am living in England again, Richmond Park , the south downs and the south coast are huge inspirations to me.
I believe that artwork can be a force for good in the world. Both through doing it and seeing it, it can change perceptions in tiny but powerful ways…
..like this mural that I designed for the Pakistan School Library in Bahrain. Women from “Reading Rocks”, a reading programme run by volunteers for the children of the Pakistani workers asked me to help transform a dingy room into a library. Every child and teacher took part in the creation of the piece, and they embraced the theme from Dr. Seuss,
The more you read, the more you know.
The more you know, the smarter you grow.
The smarter you grow, the stronger your voice,
when speaking your mind or making your choice.
Click here to read my article in the Bahrain Confidential.