I was born in the Karoo and grew up on a sheep farm. Being alone in the veld was my favorite entertainment. A dreamer by nature I could spend a whole day climbing “koppietjies” and wandering through grass plains.
Colesberg was a lovely community and, at an early age, I easily gained recognition for various art and craft projects launched by the local school.
I never really considered a career in art, and thus studied Electrical Engineering through the South African Air Force. It was during those Air Force years that the artist in me started to emerge. I became restless in my occupation and started playing around with art projects. I had never had any formal training in art or been to classes either.
It was my dream to become a full time artist that made me drive out of town with all I could fit onto the back of a bakkie. A new journey began for me to pursue perfection in Portraiture. I was fascinated by portraiture right from the start and started to gather information from any book I could lay my hand on. Commissions for portraits started on a very small scale, but as I completed one portrait after another I developed a feeling for the structure and character of the human face.
Today I am an established artist, completing commissions on a much larger scale and in various mediums. Besides portraiture I also do landscapes, seascapes and still life paintings and drawings. Some of my artworks can be found abroad in countries like Dubai, New Zealand, United States, Germany, Britain, Australia, Belgium, etc.
Another passion is the urge to “sketch-diarise” everyday life around me. Urban sketching has become a daily exercise. Together Annalie Wesson and me established Artour, artour.co.za, and we are conducting urban sketching classes and workshops countrywide and across the border.
Besides commissions and paintings I have a great love for teaching and training in art. I am passionate about art and I believe that every person with the desire to paint or draw has the ability to do so locked up in them. I believe I have the gift to make people believe in themselves and to discover their own abilities to create great works of art.