My paintings tell stories. They are a record of time and place. A story of line, light and life. I’m not necessarily motivated by capturing reality, but rather to move people through my art.
I was born in 1972 in Cape Town and started painting in the mid-80s. My early influences at school were Impressionism, Cubism, Fauvism and Expressionism, especially the work of Van Gogh and Picasso. Studying at the University of Stellenbosch and later the Cape University of Technology a whole new world of amazing art and artists opened up. William Turner, Edward Hopper, Pierneef, William Kentridge were all hugely inspirational. In this time I also studied printmaking and photography, which made a significant contribution to the development of my art.
In 2007 New Zealand became my new home and over the past decade, I have been photographing and painting landscapes from the far north to the deep south.