Having immigrated to Australia from South Africa 14 years ago, I respond strongly to seeing the freedom that is experienced as the norm in Australia. People lying on the beach, soaking up the sun or enjoying a swim in the sea without any fear for their personal safety. This is how life should be lived! I used to live in a country where looking over your shoulder and never letting your guard down was normal. For me a successful painting is one that conveys this delightful abandon, for the viewer to be reminded of the simple freedoms that we are so blessed to enjoy.
My painting style is realistic, however I do like to see the movement of the brush through the paint. I especially like to work on board and paint ‘all prima’, I strive to use a minimal amount of brush strokes, to put down a colour and a stroke as a direct response. I like to see the paint mix on the board, as one colour swoops over another in a loose and expressive style reflective of the transient moment in time that I am trying to capture.
2009 Cert IV Fine Arts at Northern Beaches TAFE
July 2010 – Finalist Warringah Art Prize
April 2012 – St Ives Easter Show 1st and 3rd awarded in portrait/figurative section
July 2012 – Finalist Warringah Art Prize
Nov 2012 – “Convergence” Art & Soul Collective
May 2013 – Art 59 Manly Selective fundraising event - Peoples choice award
Nov 2014 – Finalist Blacktown Art Prize
Nov 2014 – Finalist Hornsby Art Prize