Predominantly a painter of the coast I am constantly drawn to the horizon, where the sea meets sky or where sea meets land and by the special qualities of light and elemental weather, particularly of the wild and beautiful Cornish coastline where I live. Light and weather paly a huge part I my work and watching the intense light of a beautiful sunrise or the soft dusky light of a sunset sky is inspirational.
In 2021 I began working from a new harbour side studio which is very exposed to the element. I see weather conditions as they change – mists closing in over the headland, storms coming across the bay and huge cloud formations floating past. It’s very atmospheric and it’s had an unexpected but welcome influence on my work over the past year. Growing up I was often told that I always had my head in the clouds and now I’m very happy to be painting them! My process is one of using multiple layers of oil glazes to achieve depth of light and colour, while using the palette knife for added texture and definition. Painting for me is very much a contemplation of a place.
I was born in Hong Kong and spent my childhood in the Far East living by the sea, which has had a huge influence in my life and work. I moved to Paris in 1990 where I studied at Parsons School of Design. In 1997 I moved to Houston, Texas and studied Fine Art at The Glassell School of Art, the teaching wing of The Museum of Fine Art and exhibited extensively in solo and selected group exhibitions.
I moved to Cornwall in 2014 and took on a studio at Krowji in Redruth. I studied at The Newlyn School of Art completing the fourteen-week landscaping course and in 2016 I studied at Falmouth Art School’s Summer Intensives. In 2017 I became an Associate Member of Penwith Society of Arts in Cornwall and have exhibited in their selected group exhibitions at Penwith Gallery in St. Ives. In 2021 I moved from my studio at Krowji to work from my new studio overlooking Falmouth harbour. My art is in private collections both nationally and internationally.