Geoff was initially trained by his mother, Helen Campe Meredith, a well-known painter with an MFA from Pratt Institute in New York. He went on to major in Art at Princeton University, followed by post-graduate studies at The Hellenic Institute in Athens, Greece. Later, after receiving a Masters from Stanford, he embarked on a 25-year career in advertising, only recently embracing painting full-time.
Geoff currently works in two distinctly different styles. One style, which has been called “NorCal Representational Abstraction” is a 21st Century reinterpretation of the “Bay Area Figurative Movement” of the 1950s and ‘60s in San Francisco and Berkeley. Mostly landscapes, these works are grounded in representation, then abstracted to distill form and color. Sometimes a painting will stay pretty representational; other times it will end up much more abstract.
The other style uses as a touchstone the Abstract Expression paintings of the 1950’s and ‘60s mainly in New York, larger non-objective abstract gestural works that strive to be graphic archetypes that can communicate across time and culture.
Both styles are also meant to be pleasing to the eye in terms of subject and form and color, a goal that is by no means universal in the contemporary art scene.