I grew up in South Africa in a small rural town in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Coming from an artistic family I was immersed in many creative endeavors from a very young age. After school I naturally wanted to study art at a higher level and studied Fine Art at Natal Technikon in Durban, where I majored in Painting and Ceramics. I then lived in England for two years with my husband to be before moving to New Zealand in 2002.
New Zealand’s stunning landscapes instantly attracted me and coming from a country as vast as South Africa found there was a softness and closeness here that I had not found in my homeland. Plants and flowers both native to New Zealand and exotic are depicted in my paintings and I intentionally place them close in the foreground enhancing the perspective to the more distant landscape. I like the feeling of being low and immersed within the landscape, some say a ‘child like’ perspective, with a strong sense movement.
I would describe my style as ‘painterly’ and ‘expressive’. Oil paint is my preferred medium and I paint on stretched canvas. Perhaps the most important aspect of my work is the layering of the paint on the canvas using individual purposeful brush strokes. As the painting develops and the story of these marks is told, I resist the urge to blend the paint, trusting rather in the viewers eye to blend the marks together in a individual way to understand the overall image.