I was born in Windhoek, Namibia and spent my early life on a remote farm in the Kalahari Desert, a vast semi-arid sandy savanna in Southern Africa. A wonderful childhood playground – often losing myself for long periods of time drawing in the sand or finding nature’s treasures in the bushveld.
I was inspired by my grandmother who painted the sparse expanses of the Namibian dunes and my mother who still paints daily in Botswana. I inherited the love of nature from my mum who would show me its intricate patterns and colours. I have drawn and painted for as long as I can remember. I have a career background in Graphic Design. After overseas travel and settling in Devon, I began to revisit my art – initially commissioned portraits, still life and sketches, later landscapes which led to my current work.
Getting out with the family into nature and painting has proven to be a wonderful and rewarding way for me to pass on the creativity and love of the natural world to my own children.
My current work has an expressive abstract quality. My approach is spontaneous and intuitive – through layering, texturing and mark making I aim to capture the mood, energy and emotion experienced. My atmospheric paintings invite the viewer to project their own interpretation and meaning onto each piece. An abstract sense of nature or a suggestion of landscape allows the viewer their own emotional response and imagination.
Original works are on show at Hind Street Gallery, Georgian House Gallery in Ottery and Otterton Mill.