Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
William Kentridge will always remain relevant.
Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
Walter Battis. He refused to take life seriously.
If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
A Battis screenprint.
Pick three artists who you would be honored to exhibit with – and why
Clare Menck & Jacobus Kloppers. They both have a good understanding of how to paint bodies of water. Kloppers also captures the movement of it extremely well.
How did you get started?
Did you always want to be an artist? My Mom sent me to art classes from a very young age. It transported me into another imaginary world where I was also introduced to classical music. The love of art and music and the need to escape still remains to this day.
What are some of the key themes you explore in your work?
Expressive colour, action painting and ethereal reflective properties found in water ponds.
What should people know about your art that they can’t tell from looking at it?
That there is nothing to know other than their own interpretation or personal response to my artwork.
Tell us more about your creative process.
I enjoy spontaneity and my process is playful. I allow the medium to do what it wants without much guidance. I never have a set idea of how the completed artwork should be. Instead I’m open to the intuitive process.
Do you believe an artist should use their platform to influence society? Why?
Art is a powerful vehicle that can inform people and create awareness and if artists have a strong message then they should reach out to the public.
Do you have a favourite or most meaningful work?
Monet’s Pond, Giverny, it was a special moment captured in time.
What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
Solus Hydro – my solo exhibition in Cape Town 2019, being part of Spier creative block collection, Absa l'atelier finalist and Sasol new signatures finalist.
What are your aspirations for the future?
To relocate to the Karoo where I can paint in the amazing air and brilliant light, focusing more on solo exhibitions.