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My art journey

I was born on a farm outside Johannesburg and went to school in the countryside of KZN. Being in nature was integral to my life, as was daydreaming.  Art was not offered as a subject at the high school I attended, but creative activity was never far away.  When our class was preparing the massive wall paintings for the Matric Dance, a friend’s brother (an artist) suggested I consider studying art. Although at the time I did not take this suggestion seriously, in retrospect I can see that the urge to create has always been with me. I expressed my creativity in personal journals, school projects, cooking, designing my home and even in the layout of the reports for my environmental projects.

My particular yearning was to paint in watercolour – mainly because I love water.  My husband gave this idea impetus one Christmas with a gift of a watercolour paper pad and some paints. These lay dormant for a few years. I was working at the 2004 Olympic Bid Company when one of my colleagues told me about a new art teacher in Hout Bay where I lived. What a wonderful find. I started lessons with Jane Gray in 1996.  She had an experimental and organic approach to teaching, with the emphasis on working intuitively and allowing for the expression of one’s own individual creativity.  When Jane moved back to the UK, the hunt for a new art teacher began. Again I struck it lucky and through a friend found another brilliant teacher – Debbie Field and I attended lessons at her studio until moving to the Garden Route. 

I have also taken other opportunities to grow and broaden my artistic practice and knowledge. Through fellow artists in the Garden Route, I met Prof Elfriede Dreyer who runs professional development courses for artists through her Contemporary Art Practice (CAP) institute.  I am enrolled with the certificate course with CAP.

The creative journey is invigorating and fulfilling. Most of all, art is a means for me to express my feelings, thoughts, and love for nature – those things that are felt and for which there are no words.  For me, art is about sharing the unseen, the unspoken, the non-verbal.

Front garden

An early work, painted in 1999 called “in the front garden”

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