I am a snorkaholic. The very first time I put on a mask and discovered the magical underwater world of the reefs, I was hooked forever. It was the experience of snorkeling that really opened my eyes to the diversity of nature as a whole. I am still inspired by the amazing color, complexity, and beauty of the wildlife I have observed during my years of travel in the Caribbean. My images are composed of elements that a nature lover might encounter on a morning walk or an afternoon of snorkeling. I grew up in England, and as a young girl I took private art classes in the countryside where I created detailed studies of wildlife in various media. My father, also an artist, inspired and encouraged me from the beginning. I began painting Caribbean pictures in 1992 as a way to extend the memories of my visits to the Caribbean.
I have a background in graphic design, which has helped me develop a sense of composition, an important element in all my paintings. In graphic design/lithography, I was limited in my use of color. Painting the tropics has allowed me to unleash my creativity. I like to work large. I rarely work under 18 x 24 inches, and most of my paintings are on 22 x 30 inch, 300 pound watercolor paper.
I am committed to nature education and conservation, so I donate a portion of my profits to wildlife and reef preservation projects. I hope that my work will decorate and enhance an appreciation for the incredible variety and fragility of the biosystems I paint. The majority of the species represented here are native to the Caribbean, and many of them are endangered.