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I agree with Pablo Picasso when he said that "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life".
I love great art; it feeds my soul. And because I also believe, as Albert Einstein did, that "creativity is contagious", I am painting for my own pleasure, hoping that I will pass some of this soul food and this pleasure on. I strive to attain a small fraction of the beauty that all the great painters have given us and are still inspiring us to achieve.
I am inspired, in particular, by the Impressionists and post impressionist painters: Van Gogh, C[0xC3A9]zanne. Picasso, Joaquin Sorolla, Modigliani and Irma Stern, but, as someone born in Africa, I cannot help but be inspired as well by nature and its endless landscapes, and of course by the exquisite light and colour of this vast continent.
1954-1960 First art classes at the Art Centre in Skinner Street Pretoria, later studied History of Art at the University of Pretoria.
My first teachers were Walter Batiss and George Boys
I started painting again full time in recent years, after retiring from a full time job as in-house magazine editor.
Current inspirational teachers are: Ina Wilken from Vermont, Cape; and Ruth Walter from Clarens.
I have a permanent exhibition in my own studio in Pretoria.
The first time my work was exhibited was in May 1960 at the Union Festival in Bloemfontein.
Since then I have been exhibited in Supreme Framers and Art , and in the Members' Exhibition of the Association of Arts, Pretoria, in November 2015 and again in March 2017.
September 2017: Solo exhibition at Supreme Framers and Art, Pretoria
My work is included in collections in the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany and South Africa.
Skinner Street Art Centre, TUKS
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