I am a visual artist, born in Chicago, U.S.A., of Jamaican, Norwegian, Russian and German descent. I spent my early years in Puerto Rico, then moved in 1962 to Paris, France, where I lived the latter part of my childhood and young adulthood. I later obtained a B.A. in Art History at the American University of Paris.
I was fortunate to have parents who believed in art and music and already, when I was three years old, I knew I wanted to be an artist. As a result of my background, over and above the visual arts, music has continued to be an essential influence in my work and family life.
At the age of thirteen, I began formal artistic training with the South African artist/illustrator Pat Fogarty. Then, at 16, I began an intense six year training with the Belgian painter and master engraver Paul Franck of the second generation of Belgian Surrealists. Franck’s versatility as painter, etcher and writer has been a major inspiration to this day.
In 1979, together with my Italian-American musician husband, I moved definitively to Florence, Italy. In 1988 I joined the American Realist painters’ Studio Cecil-Graves where I trained in classical academic techniques of oil painting and drawing.
I have participated in numerous national and international group and solo exhibitions. In my present project I am incorporating all of the different artistic languages I have explored. The Recycling Space Project will launch in 2020.