Living along the coast of Southern California has
been a great source inspiration for me. Painting
subjects such as birds on the beach, sunsets, children building sand
castles, dog walkers in the park, the beautiful land and seascapes I find myself in, has brought me great joy and fulfillment.
Being born and raised in South Africa has given me some insight into the
plight of women and children living in the
shanty towns and rural villages with their lack of clean running water
and the absence of the most basic facilities. My
heart is tender towards children who have been orphaned due to the
ongoing HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. Through my art I have been able to
tell their stories and bring awareness to their situations and I support several organizations
that are making an impact at a grassroots level. (See Acres of Love and Wells of Life)
My skills as a painter was honed by taking painting
workshops with accomplished artists throughout the country. Now I also enjoy teaching art classes in a local gallery in San Juan Capistrano called MISSION FINE ART GALLERY.
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My camera is always ready to capture special moments when they occur. It could be a certain
lighting on a child at play, someone walking their dogs, the interaction
between seagulls on the beach, some fruit lying on a counter top or
simply a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Part of what attracts me about a particular subject is the
“story” behind every image. These photos serve as reference for my studio paintings.
Good design, the rhythm and interaction of shapes, colors, and the effects of light on a subject is what I search for when planning my paintings. I try to stay true to my first feeling and heartfelt response to my subject and I'm is always mindful of how I apply the paint to the
canvas using expressive brushstrokes to bring energy and a feeling of spontaneity to my work.
My work has been displayed in many national juried competitions and shows and have won numerous
awards. My most recent highlight was participating in the California Art Club Goldmedal Show at the Bowers Musem (2022) and sharing on a panel with Peter Adams (CAC President Emeritus) and master painter Charles Muench, about the context and inspiration behind my "Africa" series of paintings.
Festival of Arts, 2022, 2018, 2017
California Art Club Gold Medal Show 2022, 2020, 2019
An updated list of awards, exhibits are available upon request.
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