Born on the 6th of July 1972 in South Africa, I was raised in a humble home; my mother was a housewife and my father, a builder with a passion for sculpting and woodwork. Growing up on the farm in the Eastern Transvaal equated to a lot of quiet time to witness my dad deeply engaged in creating beautiful works of art from the natural resources that came from the bush. It was around this time, that I developed an appreciation for the often-lengthy process of creating art. However, I wouldn't explore my own artistic ability until the age of 32. Unsure of where or how to start, I began exploring many mediums, ranging from pottery, decoupage, and charcoal drawings, finally settling on painting and realising this is where my passion lay. I started my first lessons with Carol Hayward-Fell using acrylic paints as my preferred medium. I then spent a year learning to paint exclusively in oil colours under the careful instruction of fine artist and water colourist Steve Shooter. I now attend a group paint session every week with some wonderful artists guided by a fantastic art teacher, critique and artist Dee Donaldson.
Painting and photography go hand in hand for me. Each image that I capture is a potential painting. What inspire me in an image: Light, light is life. Contrast, contrast emphasizes light. Colour, colour adds vibrancy. Texture, texture is exciting!
I never really have one definite choice of subject, although my flowers seem dominate. I enjoy the occasional portrait, nudes and abstract paintings too.
From the abstract to realism, uninfluenced by current trends, my work is an expression of myself, an outlet. It takes me on a journey to undiscovered places. It is experimental and challenges me daily. It defines me and it gives me purpose.
Creating art is a lifelong lesson for me as well as a journey of self-discovery.