Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
Philemon Hlungwani and Karin Daymond’s drawings and prints - their subject matter, drawing styles and the marks they make are fascinating.
Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
Frans Oerder - his art career was tough and yet he managed to stay true to his need to paint. I never get tired of looking at pictures of his work, especially his later works.
Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
Dylan Lewis’s collaborative exhibition in Kirstenbosch Gardens (with Ian McCallum and Enrico Daffonchio). His sculptures are so powerful which combined with the relevant poetry in a very meaningful architectural space was able to pass across very compelling messaging about the natural environment and man’s current role in it. Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
From the natural environment from places in South Africa that I have visited specifically because there is a ‘pull’ to those places, and then from the everyday environment around me in my home.
What do you like most about being an artist?
Being free to ‘look’ at everything!
How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?
Pick up a brush, put on some music and start. Things flow soon after that. Like any other job, when things are hard to start, just start and the hardest part is done.
What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
Leap of faith - quitting the corporate world - and finding that people do respond to my work and have purchased it. (Its only been 9 months but I have sold 40 paintings this year so far. The emphasis is not on the sales but the response to my work).
Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?
To make people stop and see - not necessarily exactly what I see - but to notice the natural environment in its perfection and purity; to change the way they view the natural environment and feel its quiet and its pull. To stop and slow down - life is too harried, and to call people to notice that this busy-ness is not everything in the bigger scheme of life.
What are your plans for the coming year?
A monoprint workshop in July at The Artists Press in White River; more landscape paintings from visits to the Karoo and Bredasdorp areasStudio Feature >>