My father’s whole family is from the US and my mother grew up and remains proudly British. Moving about quite a bit and traveling, to visit my mother’s family in England and Ireland, I became aware early on that all these places and people were quite different. Somehow, the realization came as well that, wherever we went, they were also pretty much the same. Soon, entranced by the visual differences of culture and of location, I spent many hours exploring the wild places of the natural world and the rural, suburban, and urban built environments, seeking out grand vistas and small quiet places and spending hour upon hour in a type of visual reverie. I still do.
Balancing the fact that I was something of a natural contemplative, I also became very interested in social and cultural history, as well as archeology, natural history, biology, and geography. All the while, I was constantly making images. So it came as no surprise to my family, when I went to college, that I followed all of my interests … but chose to do so by being an artist.
Since 2000, I have lived, made art, and taught in the shadow of Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia. Despite the fact that I loved my visits around the country (from Vermont’s mountains, to the Phoenix and Taos, from the salt marshes of southern Florida to the beautiful plains of the upper Midwest), these ancient mountains and valleys have felt like home to me from the moment I arrived here.
As an artist, I am at home with my love for visual ideas and images, with my passion for color and design, and with sharing my work with you.
My Artwork 2
For more many years, besides making art, I taught as a college art professor. Interacting with gifted teenagers, traditional college students and adult students taught me to honor and respect other’s artistic dreams and passions. Now that I am a full time artist again, I am really getting a chance to explore my own. To aid in that process, I am currently renovating and adding space to my studio. I am very much looking forward to having all my studio spaces consolidated0. It is already a much larger, accessible, and flexible work facility.