I was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and from a young age showed a keen visual interest in the world around me, encouraged by a strong artistic flair that runs through my family.
While studying art, I was fascinated and inspired by the French Impressionist Movement of the 1870s, and the unique characteristics the artists introduced into their work – not least the accurate depiction of light and its changing qualities. Following my studies in art, photography and graphic design, I pursued a long and successful career in the advertising industry. The variation and creativity of visual material and ideas/concepts required in this profession has certainly influenced my painting and photography.
Creativity runs deep, and from painting en plein air to creating unique, colourful and contemporary three-dimensional abstracts in the studio, is where I’m in my element. I derive much satisfaction and enjoyment by using and experimenting with new and different materials.
As with painting, the art of photography holds a special appeal and interest for me. Truly understanding composition, imagery, light and timing are key to mastering this magnificent medium. “To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye, and the heart. It’s a way of life” – Henri Cartier-Bresson.
Capturing that one and only fleeting moment on camera is the most challenging and rewarding achievement for me.
I believe success is achieving a timelessness in my work, and one in which collectors of my art pieces never tire of the visual enjoyment experienced.