Raised in Southern Africa, (Zimbabwe), and then transplanted to the United States as a teenager; I have learned to straddle dynamically different worlds and cultures. My art reflects the empirical worlds of traditional or realistic figurative paintings and portraiture, and abstract art as well. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, I continued painting at the Art Students League in New York City, studying the Frank Reilly method of painting with Jack Faragasso. I paint both realistically as well as abstractly in oil paint as well as in acrylic paint. Although both styles are diametrically opposite, I approach both with the same high standards of quality and substance. My commissioned portraits, still-lifes, and abstract paintings hang in the homes and offices of patrons throughout the United States. I reside in Orange County, where I paint and teach art and animation at Segerstrom High School in Santa Ana, CA.