I was born and raised in Scotland, came to NYC in 1991 and have
lived in Harlem since 2006. I grew up in a working-class community,
which greatly influences my passion to fight for and seek equality for
all people. My firm belief is, it’s critical to embrace diversity to gain
understanding and acceptance of our differences.
Much of my work reflects this.
My art school influences were Max Beckmann, Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. At the same time, experiencing the art of Mark Rothko at the Tate Gallery in London, left an indelible mark. These early impressions still prevail as I navigate my artistic path merging figurative and abstract painting.
I work with acrylic paint and mixed media to build an abundance of abstract layers, creating a history of opposition while using a multitude of tools that enables me to relinquish control. After a substantial history has been built, the process of figures revealing themselves begins.
I aspire to elicit the viewer's feelings in response to a simple tilt of a head or the gesture of a hand while at the same time leaving mystery for interpretation. Participating in this visual dialogue of adding and subtracting constantly leads me to the question: what needs to be said and what needs to be unsaid? The finished paintings sometimes lean more to abstraction and some are more figurative, none of which is right or wrong. I believe intuition knows what feels right for each individual painting.
1984 - 1985 St Martins School of Art (Foundation Course)
1985 - 1988 Liverpool School of Art (BA Hons Printed Textiles)
2019 - 2022 Creative Visionary Program
(4 consecutive years of a 2 month online Fine Art painting class lead by artist Nicholas Wilton)
1988 - 1997 Worked various jobs as a printed textile designer and art director
1997 - 2019 Art Licensing artist and designer
2019 - Present Fine artist - my art is in private collections throughout the United States and around the world
May - July 2023 Juried Show - Women in the Heights - Women of Substance -
Past, Present, Future
May 2023 The Other Art Fair Brooklyn
August 2023 We’re Outside - Outdoor Group Exhibit in Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem, Curated by Fable Jones
July 2023 Art Juice Podcast - Artist Feature Interview with Louise Fletcher
June 2023 Aatonau - Artist Feature
August 2023 The Flying Fruit Bowl - Artist Feature
June 2023 Tap Into Your Creativity with Sandra Felemovicius
Youtube Artist Feature Interview
Nov 2022 No Brush Required Youtube - Artist Feature Interview