1968 Natal, South Africa
2000 -2013 Residence: Volterra, Italy and Norg, Holland
1992 Awarded Eastern Province Society of Fine Art Eisteddfod Flaoting Trophy for best work in figure drawing
1987-1990 University: Rhodes University, Grahamstown
Degree: Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA)
Major Subjects: History of Art and Sculpture
Distinctions: Basic Art and Sculpture
1986 Awarded two scholarships to study Bachelor of Fine Art, majoring in Autonomous Art and Art History; Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa
1983-1986 Johannesburg School of Art, Ballet, Drama & Music.
2013 Morren Galleries, Netherlands
2010 Morren Galleries, Netherlands
2009 Knysna Fine Art, South Africa
2008 Galerie Utrecht, Netherlands
2007 Utrecht: Galerie Utrecht
2002 Nieuweschans: Galerie WiekXX
2000 Nieuweschans: Galerie WiekXX
1998 Elizabeth Gordan Gallery, Durban, South Africa
2011 Galerie Zofier, Netherlands
2004 – 2008 Realisme Art Fair, Netherlands
2007 New Year Exhibition, Netherlands
Ijdelheid der ijdelheiden, Netherlands
Winter, Galerie Zofier, Netherlands
Jubileum Exhibition, Netherlands
New Season Exhibition, Netherlands
2006 Droombeelden, Netherlands
Summer Exhibition, Netherlands
Light and Shadow, Netherlands
Assen: Drents Museum, Netherlands
2005 New Season Exhibition, Nethrlands
Groningen: Salon del Arte, Netherlands
Women, Nieuweschoot: Galerie Zofier, Netherlands
2002 Summer Exhibition, Netherlands
Utrecht: Spring Exhibition, Galerie Utrecht, Netherlands
Amsterdam: KunsaRai Art Fair, Netherlands
2001 Helenaveen: Galerie van den Broek, Netherlands
Amsterdam: KunsRai Art Fair, Netherlands
2000 Moves to the Netherlands and is represented by Morren Galleries, Netherlands
Nieuweschans: Galerie WiekXX, Netherlands
Huis en Haard, Augustus, Netherlands
Shared Feature Artist – Easter Exhibition, April, South Africa
1997 Christmas Exhibition, South Africa
1995-1997 Pretoria: Member of the Magnolia Artists market, (Monthly Open-Air Exhibitions)
Durban: Elizabeth Gordon Gallery, South Africa
1993-1997 Johannesburg: Member of the Artists Market Association, (Monthly Open-Air Exhibitions), South Africa
1990 Travelling Exhibition: Swan Press Young Artists Competition
Grahamstown: Standard Bank Young Artists Award Competition
1989 Port Elizabeth: Eastern Province Society of Fine Art
1998 – 2013 25 Portrait commissions
1999 Five paintings for Homeopathic Doctor Harry van der Zeeâ’s book ‘’Miasms in Labour’’
"The focus of my work is the world of feeling, both in the portrait and the landscape. I use these genres as a means to investigate the versatility and the ever changing elements of humans and nature. The female form has usually, but not exclusively my attention, because it is a world that I can relate to the easiest. It brings an endless source of inspiration and therefore the ability to tell a story, personal as well as universal. A certain degree of realism, placed alongside the abstract, is visible in my work.
I always seek for an enviroment in which the figure can naturally live. The figure, portrayed within his or her world, creates a more complete portrait. While my approach to the figure is mostly realistic and to the world surrounding him or her more abstract, both have an equally important expressive value. Combining these two in this way also allows more space for free interpretation where not everything is explained and where the spiritual aspect of the inner person can take form. This has lead me to work on larger canvases where the size itself has given me more possibilities to realise this. Of course I am not saying that this couldn’t be done in smaller works as well. I am just stating my preference.
The transition between the traditional ideas of reality and the limitlessness of the imagination are of great importance to me and it's a joy to explore these fragile boundaries.
My figurative paintings are an exploration of the spiritual journey involved in a human life. I am searching for the visual means to portray the layers of experience and passages of learning which form and deform us as people. In considering these aspects I hope to discover more of the essence and the fabric of myself and others, of our place on this earth, as individuals and in relation to one another.
My landscape paintings are an expression of my love for nature and for space and stillness. In these paintings I want to create an opening and a sense of sacred space that the viewer can become part of, like a small retreat one can go to.
In preparing for my latest exhibition I focused almost entirely on landscapes. I’ve always loved painting nature - in particular trees - and while studying the work of Turner I could feel the richness of the genre and the endless possibilities it offers.
Another reason for focusing on landscapes in this time of my life is the fact that I needed to re-connect with my inner sense of beauty and feeling. Working with the landscape as subject has helped me to re-explore the substance of paint itself as a medium for expression, it’s colour and texture and the (relative) freedom it gives me. A feeling very different to that of painting a portrait with the sometimes restricting rules required to create a likeness. Having concentrated on the landscape feels like a valuable experience and one that I’m sure will influence my future figurative work. The process of discovery in working on the landscapes has brought me joy and new visions.