I had the pleasure of learning from well-known South African artist Henry Symonds, who delighted in sweeping dramatic swathes of black paint all over my work. He said I needed a good kick out of my comfort zone. I’m glad he kicked my butt.
My deepest inspiration comes from nature and the elements. I’m fascinated by the way energy transforms from one state to another. Water, in particular, has captivated me since childhood—not only physically but also spiritually.
I worked in mixed media and acrylic at first, making large, multi-layered pieces, but once I discovered oils, I was hooked. The way oils catch the light and fill the eye with detail, not to mention texture, never gets old for me. My work has become a reflection of my inner journey towards self-realisation.
I paint emotive works that touch people, each telling its own story. Movement and fluidity are important to me, so I aim to capture these in each brush stroke—layer upon layer. My work represents a complex inner life, rich in wonder and strength, sometimes doubt and despair. My wish is that these works will inspire and embolden those who see them to fully immerse themselves into their own lives.
Water has captivated me since childhood. I’m also a Feng Shui practitioner, having studied the craft for four years at Feng Shui Network International in the United Kingdom. The notion of painting koi fish derives from this area of activity. Koi symbolise luck, prosperity, and good fortune in Japan. Painting them is an effort to capture their movement.
I love to create bespoke pieces of art. Although I can’t recreate an existing piece, I’ll work with you to capture the spirit of what you admire. The joy of commissioned art lies in the fact that the work is dedicated to you and your space.