Just a bit about me and my arty life......
Self Portrait, including symbols of my favourite things and of the influences in my life....
I am an oil painter and I work in traditional oil painting techniques. I started my career in advertising and then decided to change direction when my son went to school, so I could be at home with him and I could also do a bit of painting at the same time.
I have always been an artist at heart, my Mom and Dad were both artists as well, so I grew up in a family where the arts were a strong influence.
I loved colouring in as a child and I got distinctions at school for art, so it was always going to be the focus in my life!!
I studied Fine Art with a very well know artist in South Africa, Ryno Swart, and from that time onward I have specialised in oil painting. I do tend to jump around a bit in terms of subject matter, but that keeps me inspired and stops me getting bored. I paint what inspires me at the time, whether it is a simple still life or a complicated portrait. I like to paint quickly and loosely and I love seeing the individual brushmarks, the palette knife marks, and really bright provocative colours !
I have also done some illustrating work and completed 5 children's books. I teach oil painting classes and I enjoy the social and serious side of helping people achieve good results with their paintings !!
During the last years with the Corona virus Pandemic and the lockdowns, I started producing drawing and oil painting tutorial videos and have learnt some new skills which have kept me entertained during the lockdowns !!
I have included a detailed CV on my 'About Me' page, and a price list for my portrait commissioned work on my 'Portrait' page.