2 Year Resident Jazz Singer/Saxophonist at 5* Intercontinental Hotel
Middle East performing to 300+ weekly audiences.
International Curator And Art Exhibitor: London, USA, Switzerland,
Portugal, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar.
CREATING MUSIC AND ART
For the last 20 years I have been bitten with the obsessive bug of creating Art and Music. Without it in my life the more more out of balance I feel.
I AM PASSIONATE about Nature. I believe we crave our connection to nature and that our hunter-gatherer instincts still sing in each and every one of us. So I have a passion to bring nature to life in my paintings: to nurture the harmonic frequency and the fulfillment we feel when surrounded by The Natural World. When I paint, it feels like a deep inhalation of breath.
Life for me has been a journey, sometimes traumatic, sometimes joyful, so each painting is in itself a separate journey of discovery to a destination unknown. I love the mystery of painting, of never quite knowing its direction and of feeling I have created something completely new and yet familiar to me.
I BEGAN MY JOURNEY in both Art and Music from a very early age. Living in my own world was the place I felt happiest and safe. As far back as I can remember I was drawing or painting, or singing or playing the piano. From the piano I progressed to the Piano Accordion, which I played every week in church and sang in the church choir.
Music and Art felt to me as normal to me as breathing, (although it took me a lifetime to begin to find the skills I needed to achieve the level artistic and musical satisfaction I craved.) Growing up I was enchanted by Jazz artists like Billie Holiday and Doris Day Ella Fitzgerald and Corinne Bailey Rae.
I OBTAINED MY B.ED Hons with a specialism in The Arts in 1988.
Work opportunities took my family to Switzerland, Abu Dhabi, then Qatar over a period of 15
years and now I live in the North of UK. It was during this time I began to study everything, to paint the virgin woods in Switzerland, to collect the woodland wildflowers; study the snow and ice and begin to experiment in watercolor and oil paints. I discovered that it was really in oil paints that my paintings seemed to come alive.
In Abu Dhabi I rediscovered my Tenor Saxophone and Jazz Singing from my days in Jazz Bands in the UK.
As A Listed Artist I began Curating my own Art Exhibitions in local Art Galleries and Hotels which attracted much media attention in newpapers and ''Time Out''. I began to be Featured in many USA Radio shows with my Radio Jingles and began singing LIVE to many UK and US Radio Stations. I also began performing widely with Jazz Bands in Abu Dhabi, both Performing and Exhibiting to Royalty and Performing at TEDX.
In 2011 my Artwork was featured in US Publications of ''Best Portrait Artists Worldwide'' and "Best Landscape Artists Worldwide"
Then in 2011 I was thrilled that our first album "Shadows Of Light" was Voted ''Best Jazz Album'' by Akademia and have 9 US TV/FIlm Publishing Deals with my music.
"We never die, we just change octaves." (Anon)