I have always had a deep connection to nature – an endless source of inspiration. From the wilds of my African childhood to the untamed landscapes surrounding me in the South West. I aim to capture the mood and energy I experience whether looking out to sea, standing on the top of a tor or exploring rivers and woods (I also have a soft spot for flowers).
I was born in Windhoek, Namibia and spent my early life on a remote farm in the Kalahari Desert. I studied Art and Design in Bloemfontein, South Africa, then moved to the UK, working as a Graphic Designer in London. Family life began in 2008 after settling in Devon. When my youngest started school, I began to revisit my art – initially commissioned portraits, still life and sketches, later painting landscapes. With my latest work, I experiment with mark-making and abstract expression.
I don’t have a fixed process.. When out and about, I do quick sketches and often take photos for reference. Some pieces are from ideas I want to explore, but the inspiration is nature – landscapes, rocks, earth and the skies and ofcourse flowers. Working mainly in acrylic on canvas but enjoying exploring mixed media, I use whatever tools are at hand: brushes, charcoal, palette knives, ink rollers, sticks, seedheads, found objects on the tide live, etc.