Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
I always find Li Edelkoort a very inspirational woman. I try my best to see her presentations when She comes to visit yearly for her trend forecasts. I really like an artist called Christian Hetzel, who I discovered on Pinterest. I really connect with his work. I also really love the work created by artist Korey Gulbrandson, he’s amazing. They’re both not South African artists.
I’m always inspired by my partner Grace Kotzes work, the way she understands colour, always makes me realize how much I have yet to learn. I also really love Christian Diedricks and JP Meyer. I really enjoy Sarah Love Joy’s sculptures.
I have a great love for illustrators, a south African illustrator that I love is Colwyn Thomas.
Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
Vladimir Tretchikoff – he just seamed ahead of his time. Amazing with color and style.
Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
I think I’m still waiting for that exhibition to come…
Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
I get inspired by the suggestions the earth gives me visually, the feelings music speak. Unspoken conversation with nature, I think is what resonates with me.
Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?
I like my studio space to be completely organized and neat, everything in its right place, before I begin. …it can get untidy during the painting process, so I really dislike needing a tool and having to scratch my head wondering where I put it, my mind needs to know where to find something before I even stretch out for it. It doesn’t necessarily have to look super tidy, everything just needs to be in its right place before I begin.
What do you like most about being an artist?
Creating – it always feels good when creating a piece is completed. Its like a really long deep
Breath that feels like its filing your body with life.
How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?
Urgh…. those days can be shitty. I generally try to look at reference, or focus on something else like playing my guitar, or trying to digitally illustrate, so that I’m still being creative, but in a different way. I always need breathing gaps from abstract painting, because generally when I start a painting I get so obsessed with it until its finished. So, in-between painting I’m gathering information that will inspire me for my next piece.
What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
I don’t see my work as having greatest achievements, as I feel each piece is a unique process.
Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?
Lol, this feels more like a question for a beauty pageant.
What are your plans for the coming year?
To explore, explore , explore!