Medium: Drawing, Mixed Media, Oil, Painting, Pastels, Pen/Ink, and Pencil
Originally from England, I immigrated to Canada as a teen and then to the Bay Area of California. To finance my professional education in environmental sciences I sold my art privately and worked as a scientific illustrator and cartographer at the UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology. My primary career as an environmental planner began in the Sacramento area but was curtailed at age 53 by a fall with traumatic injuries.
Following 8 years of rehabilitation I took up my art again, completing an AA in art at Sierra College in Rocklin CA. I work primarily in oils and mixed media but also in pencil, ink and pastel.
My subjects are most often landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes. I draw them from real life, photographic arrays, and my imagination. In my final compositions, I rearrange the elements of color, shape and form to better align them with learned design principles.
My past experiences as a traveler, mountaineer and river guide have led me to very interesting locations. They range from the incredible diversity here in California to international encounters. But my heart lives in the mountains and the sea and they are my primary sources of inspiration. I especially like to depict bold landforms enhanced by water and various atmospheric conditions. Often, I include buildings, bridges (a favorite), gardens and people when they add a needed human element and complement my final product.
Early on, I won a fair number of awards at educational gallery shows including Sierra College. My most recent exhibits have been at the Blueline Gallery in Roseville and the North Tahoe Arts Corison Gallery. I hope that my work helps to encourage respect for the natural world and its’ conservation for future generations.
Blue Line Arts, North Tahoe Arts, and Rocklin Fine Arts
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