"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 Kommetjie, Cape Town. My art is contemplative, focusing on still life paintings of everyday objects or 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 really 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. From 2013 to 2016 Ricky Burnett was my remarkable painting teacher and mentor. 

In 2006 I moved back to Johannesburg. In 2012, I began to concentrate solely on my painting and then printmaking in Sharon Sampson's studio. I have works in local and international private and corporate collections.

Douglasdale, South Africa | +27 82 480 4210