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Since childhood I have been surrounded by the visual arts and developed a fascination for creative thinking in its various expressions. I was born in Germany and moved to the US with my mother where she married film director Stanley Kubrick. As a child I traveled a great deal, predominantly to and fro across the Atlantic until we settled in the UK as a family in London in 1968.
After graduating from King Alfred’s School in Hampstead, London, I studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art. My love of painting, photography and film flourished and during a study sabbatical I took my first film related role as location photographer for Barry Lyndon (1975). After Byam Shaw I studied with Patrick Reyntiens at Burleighfield House where I learned history of architecture, and drafting skills with a precise view to becoming a film set designer.
I stepped into the film industry full-time in 1976 to work in Ken Adam's art department as an assistant on the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977 ) during which time I was asked to design the teeth for the character Jaws ! After this I was fortunate to be asked to work with some of the best production designers on a series of movies and TV commercials in a variety of different roles including prop designer, draughtswoman, location photographer, set painter, model maker and ultimately art director. I worked on many high-profile films, including Midnight Express (1978), Moonraker (1979), The e Muppet Movie (1979), Saturn 3 (1980), The Shining (1980), Sphinx (1981), The Dark Crystal (19 82), and Supergirl (1984).
After the birth of the first of my three sons I left the film industry and began painting again in the late 1980s, at first for my own pleasure and then as a full change of professional direction. I have been painting ever since. My specific influences are the 16th century Dutch and Flemish still life painters and my mother, Christiane Kubrick, for her use of colour and composition. I have always been fascinated by reflection, texture and colour and seek to capture the magical play of light on a variety of everyday objects such as the pearl-like luminescence of a white onion. My style was never a conscious decision but the inevitable expression of my natural inclination to detail.
It was this inclination that led me to the desire to create jewellery, embracing as it does design, sculptural form, and the beautiful materials of coloured stones and precious metals. In 2009, I started the process of learning how to turn my designs into bespoke pieces. It's been a challenge and an adventure — so different to painting yet equally rewarding. My time is now spent painting and creating jewellery in equal measure as well as teaching oil painting at workshops and art fairs. I am fortunate to have a diverse client base and my paintings and jewellery have found homes in Europe and North America. This website features some of my work.
I am currently based in Hertfordshire, UK.