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Born in Brakpan, South Africa from german parents, I developed a fascination for replicating reality on a flat surface at a very young age and completed my first oil-painting at the age of ten under the guidence of Dianne Johnson Ackerman. Art as an income generator was never an option in those days and started a degree in Languages at RAU. Worked as landscaper for 17 years and was diagnosed with fast developing melanomas of a malignant nature, and had to minimise time spent in the sun. I took my art more seriously and never looked back. Started an art school to seed the joy and therapy of art with others.
In the Republic Of China I have been promoted as the story teller from South Africa. Every day real-life occurences fire up inspiration for my artworks. More than just a picture, I strive for my paintings to trigger feeling and emotion, whether in theme, colour or textures. An artwork should reach deeper than just the visual and should there for have therapeutic,emotional and psychological as much as artistic and visual qualities. I love colour and the psychologigal influences it carries, thus rests the impotance that my artworks have a versatility in theme, texture and colour depending on the mood,emotion or message I try to bring across. Due to my horticultural past I enjoy painting flora, my interaction with people - the everyday story telling, my free spirit - ladscapes, and colour psychology - abstracts.
I want viewers to enjoy my paintings as much as I enjoy painting them.
There should be no boundries or limits to art... art is after all in the eye of the beholder.
CMT EXRESSIONS COMPETION: COVER AWARD
ARTISTS WORLD MAGAZINE: OCTOBER 2012: BREAST CANCER AWARENESS - PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD
NOVEMBER2012: INTERNATIONAL OPEN THEME - MANAGERS CHOICE AWARD
JANUARY2013: INTERNATIONAL OPEN THEME - PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD
WAS COMMISIONED TO DESIGN CMT AWARENESS POSTER FOR THE INTERNATIONAL CMT AWARENESS CAMPAIGN 2012/2013 AND ALSO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE LOGO HELD IN JUNE 2013.
NOMINATED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE "PEACE THROUGH TOURISM" AWARD
1993 Hamburg, Germany
2007 Cork, Ireland
2011, March Frantech Arterior Art Gallery Taipei
2011 Currently Running, Art de Cure Gallery, New York
Self Taught Artist
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