about me

I grew up in the Eastern Cape, in Port Elizabeth, aka Gqerberha, a place of great disparities in the 50s and 60s, then unleashed myself onto  Cape Town in the 70s. Later, I found myself in the evocative, inimitable Johannesburg of the 1980s. After many rites of passage  and a number of years of studying, working and travelling, I am back in the Cape at the edge of the world. There are multiple narratives in my life; I wear different hats as a teacher, artist and Zen Coach, creating a palimpsest of heroes and villains, with the wind and sea also jostling for centre stage. Sometimes, therapeutically,  I  garden or walk my dog; other  times, I paint or just curate the furniture in my house.

THE SOUL SHOULD ALWAYS STAND AJAR - EMILY DICKINSON
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about MY WORK

My work is mostly made in response to events, encounters, sensations, in my  life. I paint in a visceral, fairly intuitive way, like a sort of diary; more impulse than  rigour, but still it engages my values and identity in this moment.  I paint intuitively but reflectively. I’m sketching more now too, drawing interiors and landscapes in  part as a process. Lockdown’s  side effects are grist for the mill but are too scary to contemplate right now so the visual order emerging needs to be a soothing balm. I’m just exploring ways of looking, and being and enjoying the landscape. I love the meditative nature of painting in my studio and immersing myself in the stillness of that space. A welcome respite.