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I love to paint an idea rather than reality. My work is loose, in vibrant, bright colours. Bold brush strokes excite me. My way of working has evolved over many years, and for a long time now I have painted every day. I paint a variety of subjects from landscape to figures, mainly in acrylics, inks and watercolours. It is the flow and excitement of these media which inspire me. My art encompasses who I am: always looking for new challenges and new ways of expressing myself.
I have a bold and dynamic approach to the creation of a new painting. I take my inspiration from a landscape or an element from nature, and I internalise the image. The image becomes a feeling, then an idea in my mind which I translate onto canvas using bold brush strokes and bright, vibrant colours. I then step back, I contemplate and compare with the idea in my head. I refine, I rework parts of the canvas until I am satisfied. And if, on viewing the painting the observer gets a sense of that feeling, I am gratified.
I am a prolific artist and even though my work is constantly evolving I have an individual and recognisable style. I love to experiment so that I can grow as an artist. I am always open to new ideas and techniques and am keen to be more involved with the contemporary art scene.
2016 Top Gem (First Prize) in the Western Cape Artists Society's (WCAS) Little Gems exhibition. Commended (acrylic) and Commended (mixed media) in the WCAS Annual Merit Exhibition.
2015 First Prize winner in the Blaauklippen 333 Art Competition. Finalist in the Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Tondo Competition (Hermanus Fynarts). Highly commended (Watercolour) and commended (Acrylic) in the Western Cape Artists' Society 'Across the Palette' exhibition.
2014 Best mixed media (first prize) and highly commended in the Western Cape Artists' Society (WCAS) Annual Merit Award and Top Gem (first prize) in the WCAS Little Gems exhibition.
Best acrylic (first prize), best mixed media (first prize) and highly commended (watercolour) in Western Cape Artists' Society (WCAS) 'Across the Palette' exhibition.
2013 Best watercolour (first prize), best acrylic (first prize) and highly commended (acrylic) in Western Cape Artists' Society (WCAS) Annual Merit exhibition
Top Gem (first prize) in WCAS 'Little Gems' exhibition
Western Cape Artists' Society "Across the Palette" exhibition: two highly commended awards
2012 Artslant Worldwide Showcase Winner
2012 Western Cape Watercolour Group: 'Cream of the Crop' (first prize) for Annual Merit exhibition and two highly commended awards for the 'Little Gems' exhibition
2012 South African Society of Artists Annual Exhibition: commended (watercolour)
2012 WCWG Across the Palette exhibition: 3rd prize & two highly commended awards
2011 WCWG: 1st & 2nd prize in Little Gems Exhibition
2011 SASA Annual Exhibition: two commended awards
2010 1st prize in WCWG Across the Palette exhibition
2009 Most Creative in WGWC Annual Merit exhibition
2008 Two highly commended awards in WCWG Across the Palette exhibition
2007 Most Creative & highly commended in WCWG Annual Merit exhibition
2007 2nd & 3rd prizes in WCWG Little Gems exhibition
2006 3rd prize in Somerset West Art Group's Annual exhibition
2005 3rd prize in SASA Eleanor Palmer Competition
2005 First successful solo exhibition at Rialto Art Gallery
2004 2nd prize in SASA Eleanor Palmer First Time Exhibitors' competition
2004 3rd prize in Somerset West Art Group Annual Exhibition
2003 Work chosen for Sanlam's First Signatures competition
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