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I am an American and French artist living and working in my studio near Bath, UK. I graduated with a BA in Art History with a minor in Communications from the University of Georgia. In Paris, I studied figure drawing for three years with the ADAC studios and a semester of oil painting at the L’Ecole du Beaux Arts… Read More
I am an American and French artist living and working in my studio near Bath, UK. I graduated with a BA in Art History with a minor in Communications from the University of Georgia. In Paris, I studied figure drawing for three years with the ADAC studios and a semester of oil painting at the L’Ecole du Beaux Arts, Paris. I completed my Masters in Fine Art at Bath Spa University in the UK where my exhibition resulted in a sell-out show.

My work features in private collections around the world and I show my art both locally and internationally in exhibitions, galleries and art fairs. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact about any artwork you are interested in.
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Artist Statement

I am creating contemporary oil paintings with collage on linen canvas. The sandy coloured raw linen is fully protected with a clear primer which allows it to remain visible and a feature in this work. I create an outline using as few marks or brush strokes as possible while maintaining an image t… Read More
Artist Statement

I am creating contemporary oil paintings with collage on linen canvas. The sandy coloured raw linen is fully protected with a clear primer which allows it to remain visible and a feature in this work. I create an outline using as few marks or brush strokes as possible while maintaining an image that is instantly recognisable and then I add washes of colour and mixed media collage.

I create narratives with paint, collage, text, fabric, stencils and objects around a central theme such as nature, memories and childhood. The retro images, Americana and the subject of childhood found in my paintings bring a sense of nostalgia for a perceived easier time. This escapism continues in the choice of depicting nature and wildlife as colourful scenes suggesting personal or imagined stories.

While my work is representational I am also interested in creating different visual planes by mixing graphic flat areas of paint and stencil with hand painted elements. References to nature can be found throughout my work such as depicting antlers in paint in response to the growing concern the world is facing with regards to the environment.

Having grown up in historical Yorktown, Virginia and now living in Bath, in the UK, history and storytelling are vibrant parts of my paintings. Family images from the 1950's and 1960's Americana are a source of inspiration and make up much of my depictions of people suggesting a personal yet shared history.

Alongside having a strong graphic sense probably from my degree in Communications, years of life drawing has led me to paint the essence of what I represent in hand painted outlines contrasted with flat areas of colour. The tactile nature of the paintings create an intimate space where viewer is drawn in to examine the different textures, depths and mixed media collage objects that project slightly out.

Some of the collage elements in this work are very personal and others have different layers of symbolic meaning depending on how the viewer interprets them. This participation of the viewer to connect with the work and create their own narrative based on the meaning they bring to the painting is what makes these works different for everyone. Read Less
Exhibitions
2014
Museum of Oxford, Alice 3.0 Exhibition, June 7- Sept 6th
RUH Hospital in Bath Art Exhibition, July 25 -Oct 16th
Black Swan Arts, Divas Gallery, Frome, UK Jan. -Feb. 8th 2014

2013
Fringe Arts Festival Bath, England Bloodlines exhibition
Black Swan Arts, Divas Gallery, Frome, UK Dec. 2013
2012
Bl… Read More
Exhibitions
2014
Museum of Oxford, Alice 3.0 Exhibition, June 7- Sept 6th
RUH Hospital in Bath Art Exhibition, July 25 -Oct 16th
Black Swan Arts, Divas Gallery, Frome, UK Jan. -Feb. 8th 2014

2013
Fringe Arts Festival Bath, England Bloodlines exhibition
Black Swan Arts, Divas Gallery, Frome, UK Dec. 2013
2012
Black Swan Arts, Frome, August 2012
Fringe Arts Festival Bath, England, May 25th - June 10th 2012
Open Competition chosen by Art in England magazine.
Open Studios Art Trail, Frome Festival, July 7th,8th,14th-15th 2012

2011
Open Studios Art Trail, Frome Festival
Cameron Contemporary Art, Affordable Art Fair Bristol
Rook Lane Retro, Rook Lane Arts, Frome, UK, April 2011

2010
Retro Rook Lane Art Fair
Rook Lane Arts, Frome, UK
Autumn Art Exhibition RUH hospital in Bath, UK
Consuming Nature, The Octagon, Milsom Place, Bath, UK
2009 6@TheOctagon, Fringe Arts Festival Bath, England
2008 Masters of Fine Art Exhibition, Bath Spa University, resulting in a sell-out show
2008 MA Interim Show, School Gallery, Bath Spa University
2007 L'Horizon, Monaco

Private Commissions

2008-2009 collage painting consisting of 9 smaller canvases hinged together Private Collection, 5 portrait commissions two of which were double portraits Private Collection

Education

*MA in Fine Art from Bath Spa University, England
*Three years of figure/life drawing study at the Lycee Henri IV Paris, ADAC studio, working in oil, pastels and charcoal
*Attended weekly Art History Conferences at L'Ecole du Louvre Paris
*Semester of oil painting at the Ecole de Beaux Arts Paris
*BA in Art History minor in Communications University of Georgia, USA
*Study Abroad in Paris through Wells College, Life Drawing and photography at Parsons College Read Less
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