I am a South African Artist from Nelpsuit, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
I grew up as a 'bush-baby' -six months of my life when moving from Zimbabwe to Phalaborwa (a small town in the far north of South Africa) was spent in a tent and caravan. The town had no houses as these were still been built. This was the seed of my love for the environment. The Kruger National Park was within walking distance from my home. My art education was a living one - the bush - the heat and the dust, its creatures, wildlife, rivers, mountains, streams, and of course the trees were a big part of my life. As a young person my family traveled through all parts of South Africa and Zimbabwe on a regular basis. When I started working, a drive along the Kruger Park Fence 'just for a look' was done everyday after five, this had a big impact on me. I feel that South Africa, its flora and fauna are ingrained in me. I currently still live very close to the Kruger National Park in a town called Nelspruit.
Other interests which I sometimes integrate into my art is design, architecture and world history and I love to experiment with mediums. My art is versatile and I feel that I paint something for everyone, my subjects include wildlife and birds, still-life, landscapes, some architecture and buildings, portraits and figures and flora of all sorts, some contemporary and abstract work. I write poetry as well, but these poems are usually inspired by a subject that I paint and the poem is based on that, i.e. the thoughts and feelings I have as I paint. My poetry can also be viewed on this site. I am mostly self-taught and have gained inspiration from many artists, books etc. I spent many years battling along by myself, but this was a great learning period for me. I have that 'never give up' outlook and will leave nothing uncovered in my search to improve and I certainly gained much experience from that as where some might give up, I do not.
My work is a 'thought' process right down to the last stroke. I can spend hours to a couple of weeks on a painting. I paint what I love and if something grabs my attention whether it is a real-life or imagined scene, something from a book or something I set up - I will paint it. Each subject dictates to me how 'it' wants to be painted. I do not intentionally paint in a 'style', this just materialises by itself. Each finished piece for me is a celebration and a big thank you to my Creator. My paintings are the very essence of me.
My main medium is oils, which I call the living paint. Every now and then I work in acrylics. I have worked with watercolor, batik, lino, collage, pastels, and gouache and mosaic, but I always return to oils, this being my favorite.
Art is joy! Enjoy looking at my work and thank you for doing so. Remember the greatest compliment you can give me is to take the time to view my work. Please feel free to contact me.