I was born in 1957, in Zimbabwe. After completing my schooling there I left to study in South Africa where I received a BA Degree in Art Education at Stellenbosch University. After graduating in 1979, I taught art for a while and then ventured into the freelance world. For the next few decades I was based in Cape Town and had a wonderfully diverse and creative career in Trompe-l’oeil mural painting, faux finishes, interior design, book writing, manufacturing, but never full time painting.
That changed a few years ago when I moved to the coastal town of Hermanus and I took a leap of faith. I am now following my dream of being a full-time artist, which comes with its own set of challenges; some are good, some are bad but never dull!
A lot of my more recent work is in the commercial world. I work closely with Interior designers, producing bespoke ‘Wall Art’ for large projects such as hotels, game lodges, corporate head offices and occasionally for retail outlets. I enjoy the challenge of diversity in the styles and scale of the projects that I am commissioned to do.
When I am working for myself I explore and experiment, working in a variety of styles and mediums from realism to abstraction, decorative to illustrative. I have painted landscapes, still life and sometimes portraits. I am passionate about the African landscape and everything in it: the diversity of the fauna and flora, the play of light on vast open spaces, the textures and vivid colours of nature.