I was born and raised in Cape Town, Johannesburg and, as a teenager, on a yacht sailing the Indian Ocean islands all the way to the Caribbean, as my parents abandoned convention and jobs for the gypsy life away from the rat race. I qualified as a Chartered Town Planner/Urban Designer and worked for a large city corporation, architects’ practices and an engineering firm in South Africa and Australia. Town planning has now given way to my passion for art.
Currently I am studying third year Bachelor of Visual Art, part time, at the Adelaide Central School of Art. I am privileged to have studied under artists such as Chris Orchard, Rob Gutteridge, Mary-Jean Richardson, Louise Feneley, Morgan Allender, Chelsea Lehmann, Nona Burden, Nic Folland and others.
My Art Practice
I find my solace in nature, so my paintings are closely linked to how I live my life engaged in nature. Having lived much of my life in the shadow of one of the world’s most famous mountains, I also yearn for mountains. My paintings are for me, reflections of my moment of awe as I see the magic in something natural: That moment that lifts me out of the everyday. It might be my home grown vegetables that I have just picked for dinner, covered in morning dew, placed on my wooden bench top in the morning sun, or the first glimpse of a mountain in the distance, or just some trees backlit against a dry paddock.
I am interested in drawing attention to what it is we can nurture and treasure on this planet: the enchantment and endless beauty of nature. I will leave the other media to deal with the terrible things we have done to the 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.
My oil painting or my digital drawing enlivens me as my meditation. My still lives or landscapes are often painted from direct observation, while the moment lasts and the life force remains in the home grown produce. . 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.
I live on a pretty secluded leafy small holding 25 minutes from the centre of Adelaide in the picturesque Adelaide hills. Here my garden, vegetables, sheep, chickens, husband, children and “other animals” serve as a constant inspiration for, and distraction from, my painting!