"What cultural enlightenment will it take to say we value this or that, because it is beautiful, because it nourishes the imagination, because it is good for the soul".

Barbara Hurd, Stirring the Mud

About the artist

I am a South African landscape and still life artist based in Johannesburg. My art is contemplative, focusing on still life paintings of everyday objects or moody landscapes of places that I have visited. A specific palette choice of cool and played down colour and the interplay of light and shadow lend both serenity and drama to my work. 

My journey

A deep love for nature, especially South African flora, and exposure to various forms of art has been central to my life for as long as I can remember. My mother, a ceramist, was a keen indigenous gardener many years before indigenous gardening was appreciated in South Africa. 

While in high school I was privileged to study drawing at the Johannesburg Art Foundation under respected art teachers Bill Ainslie and Ricky Burnett. In my twenties I had some formal training in both fine art and textile design, but went the route of commerce with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and began a career in marketing.
Relocating to White River in 2001, I was invigorated by my natural surroundings, and once again picked up the brushes under the tuition of well-known landscape artist Karin Daymond. It was here that I could fully indulge in my love for muted colours and landscapes of the Lowveld. 

In 2006 I moved back to Johannesburg. In 2012, I took the leap of faith, leaving the corporate world to concentrate on my painting. I have works in South African, British, German and American collections.

Douglasdale, South Africa | +27 82 480 4210