I absolutely love to paint, everyone has that happy place where they can just feel free and connect with themselves and The Creator, mine, is in front of my canvas, the world disappears around me and I am surrounded in a bubble of serenity. This is part my life journey and I am blessed to have such a special gift that I may share with the world.
“Studying art is a life-long adventure to me. I have been painting and drawing for as long as I can remember. I first learned about art in books, paging through my dad`s collection of art books, studying the old masters before I could read. Going to art galleries and exhibitions in Pretoria and Johannesburg, South Africa with my parents were regular weekend outings while I was growing up. Our home was filled with local artists works and both my parents are very artistic and they enjoy their talents as hobbies. I used to give paintings away as birthday gifts and only started painting more seriously after I stopped working full-time as a photographer.
I started painting Nguni Cattle because I lived on a farm outside Pretoria and the day a small stud of 14 Nguni cows arrived on the farm I could not believe my eyes, I love wildlife and never gave cattle a thought as an art project, but the Nguni’s were much more than just cattle, they are almost magical and so beautiful. I started spending a lot of time with them and started photographing them. I saw a movie and one of the scenes was where an old ship was dragged over a perfectly white setting with nothing but light grey shadows, that image staid in my mind and the day I decided Im ready to paint one of the Nguni cows I decided to use this image of the white background. After I finished painting I hanged the painting on the wall and thought to myself, that is something I would buy. I painted another painting and took it to a gallery in Pretoria, they told me that what I painted was great but the canvas I used was not to standard and I started looking at the back of canvasses of high paying artists to see if I could get a name or a number of the person that made the canvas. I did that secretly, being too embarrassed not to have such vital information, I finally got the name of a company in Midrand and ordered a few canvasses. I painted again two paintings, gathered my courage and took it to one of my favourite Galleries in Pretoria the Chris Tugwell Gallery. They immediately took both of them and a week later they asked if I can bring more for their gallery in Hartbeespoort dam.
I haven’t stopped painting sins then and it is such a pleasure to see the improvement in my work and how it keeps progressing, it has been a wonderful journey and adventure. I want to thank everyone that appreciate and enjoy my art and a BIG thank you to the wonderful people that has bought my art, and has made this journey possible, may you be blessed with a life filled with joy, peace and love.