Picasso said that 'art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.' I think this is true not only for those who enjoy and appreciate the outcome or the product. As an artist, I feel renewed and invigorated by the act of creating.
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Having grown up in South Africa, I now live and work in East Kent. I started painting in 2011, after being immersed in several other creative fields including acting, singing, mosaics, landscaping and interiors.
Other than some part time study at the Art Academy in London, I am a predominantly self-taught artist. While living in Germany between 2015 and 2019, I had the opportunity to simply work on developing my art practice. My representational work tends to be a merging of observation, memory and self-expression. While I endeavour to be painterly and skilful, I also want my paintings to be filtered through my perceptions, emotions and memories. That is why my images are often highly saturated or softened and muted. I paint about 30 hours a week – often working on several pieces at once.
I have exhibited in London (UK), Portland (USA) and Kandern (DE) as well as in various locations in Kent (UK) including Canterbury, Chartham, Folkstone and Whitstable. My work is in private collections in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and of course the UK.
My art influences are fluid, but I continue to be inspired by Joaquin Sorolla—specifically his use of light. I also draw inspiration from the narrative paintings of Frida Kahlo, John Singer Sargent’s brushwork, Vermeer’s use of colour, Van Gogh’s yearning for community and Georgia O'Keefe's spirit. I am inspired and invigorated by travel, the natural world and hope. I aim to be present, curious and stubbornly hopeful.