I was born and raised in London, and began my career in entertainment as a successful singer and dancer. After settling down to raise a family I took up painting as another creative outlet and now, much to my surprise, I am an award-winning artist, with 8 American Art Awards, along with several others. My art has sold worldwide and has been featured in publications, in a Netflix series, on magazine covers and in galleries and art festivals throughout California and in Florida.
Being primarily a self-taught artist, I decided to enhance my skills after moving to America, by taking art and photography classes at Montgomery College in Maryland. After moving to Los Angeles in 1999, I studied animation and computer graphics at Santa Monica College. I also studied forensic art, which inspired a series of my ageprogression portrait paintings.
I have explored all mediums, especially oil, but have always come back to Acrylic paint.
One of my commissions was by the National Rural Letter Carriers for a pencil portrait of Benjamin Franklin. I had the opportunity to apply a subtle soft realism that can come from a pencil in a surprising contrast to my bright, expressionistic paintings.
Throughout the 40-some years that I have been painting, I have received numerous commissions and licensed my images to private individuals and businesses. I sell my originals and limited edition hand-embellished giclées through my website and have sold thousands of open edition prints through my online publisher.
My painting experience has been one of the great pleasures of my life and has taught me to be sensitive, aware and appreciative of the beauty of nature and the people who surround me.
My favorite quote by Winston Churchill: “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
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Paintings are usually shipped within 2-3 days of ordering either in a box or a crate, depending on the size of the painting. Depending on where you live it is usually 5-7 days for delivery. As soon as your painting is shipped you will receive a tracking number and you can always find out where it is.
The archival inks are designed to resist fading and the chemical composition, allowing the ink to hold fast to the printed surface. Giclée printing tends to hold its colors for far longer than standard prints. In fact, giclée prints are thought to last up to two hundred years before starting to fade. With giclée printing, you won’t have to worry about fading or discoloration at all.
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The giclée printing process provides superior color accuracy compared to other reproduction methods. My giclées are professionally scanned by a museum quality high resolution scanner and printed out on archival canvas with archival inks. I hand-embellish the giclée to give its smooth surface some texture to make an identical replica of the original painting. I finish by gloss varnishing the entire surface to make it sparkle.
I do take commissions to paint custom pieces. I will work from your good quality photos and prices will depend upon the number of subjects, size and complexity of the piece. For further information on pricing and sizes please email me email@example.com with your specifications and I will work with you to get the best results or feel free to call me in the U.S.A. (310) 291-7653.
The number of limited editions is carefully chosen and no more can be created after they are all sold. Of course, this does make limited edition prints more valuable in the eyes of a collector, so artists are able to charge more for this type of print. The size of my limited editions vary between 5, 25 and 50. They are signed and numbered and as with my originals, they come with a Certificate of Authenticity..
I am sure you will love your new painting and enjoy it for many years to come. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied, please return it within 30 days, in its original condition, in its original packaging and upon receipt, I will refund your purchase price.