I was born and raised in Cape Town, Johannesburg and on a yacht, with my brother. We explored the Indian Ocean islands, and crossed the Atlantic to the Caribbean. Our parents twice abandoned convention, home ownership, jobs and our schooling, for a life of exploring. I qualified as a Chartered Town Planner/Urban Designer and worked for a large city corporation, architects and engineering firms in South Africa and Australia. Town planning has now given way to my passion for art.
Currently I am nearing completion of my Bachelor of Visual Art, at the Adelaide Central School of Art.
My Art Practice
I find my solace in nature, so my paintings are related to my engagement with natural world both as a food gardener and an en plein air, alla prima painter. My still lives or landscapes are often painted from direct observation.
Having lived much of my life literally in the shadow of a great mountain, I yearn for mountains. My paintings are, for me, reflections of my moment of awe as I experience that magic moment that lifts me out of the everyday. I am interested in that fleeting moment referred to as Mono-no-aware …an instance of awe that we behold….as we perceive that experience of beauty. It might be the early sun sparkling the dew on my home grown vegetables, or the first glimpse of a mountain in the distance, or just a line of trees back lit against a dry paddock.
I am interested in drawing attention to what it is we can protect and treasure on this planet: I want to share the enchantment and endless beauty of nature. I will leave the other media to deal with the suffering environment. I have a deep seated belief that there are implications for humans if we do not consider ourselves a part of nature, rather than apart from nature. This underlies my art.
I live in the enchanting Adelaide Hills 25 minutes from the centre of Adelaide . Here my garden, vegetables, sheep, chickens, husband, children and “other animals” have served as a constant inspiration for, and distraction from, my painting!