“Art is my passion, colour and form intrigue me.’
Inspiration comes in many forms, whether it be a posy of beautiful flowers, colourful fruit or interesting scene.
My sketches form part of my reference material back in the studio. My preferred media are oil & acrylic painting. I especially love painting still life set ups.
Drawing enables me to observe shape, form and value.
Having my own studio allows me to play with different media and do what I love.
I hope that you can get a sense of my passion as you view my paintings and read my blog.
I am a painter and sculptor based in East Molesey, Surrey. I was born in S Africa and I moved to England in 2016.
I paint mainly from life and my medium of choice is oil paint, but I do paint in acrylics and watercolour. I think that part of the fun of painting still life, is the setting it all up. Creating a pleasing design is paramount in creating a dynamic painting. Each painting is a journey and I often find that the set-up phase takes the longest time. I have been through many phases where I explored various styles of painting but I think that I will accept that some days are detail days and others are playful days. In fact, I fully embrace the saying: “Paint just wants to have fun!”.
I started my artistic journey in 2008 after several years in nursing and running a busy wholesale business. I needed to destress and what better way to do this than by being creative. I started with ceramics first, learning from Maxi Heyman in S Africa. I attended Frank Joubert Art School in 2010 expanding my knowledge of ceramics and added other media to enable my drawing and painting skills. I have studied online with Dennis Perrin and Kelli Folsom. I was also a member of Easel Insight. I have done many workshops and online lessons. Each instructor has a snippet of information which helps us progress on our artistic journey. I will never stop learning.
I am a member of several art societies and groups and enjoy days out sketching locally and in London. I recently returned from “en plein air” painting in Norfolk. My solo exhibition at the Fountain Gallery was most successful in 2018. I have exhibited work in South Africa and the United Kingdom and my paintings can be found in homes as far afield as Australia. I am a member of Surrey Artists and exhibit in the Surrey Artists’ Open Studios.
I recently brought back Zellen Paint from S Africa to sell in the UK www.artsupplyhome.co.uk
My Process: I set up all my still life paintings to paint from life. I do use photos of the set ups so I can develop the set up better. I also paint from photos taken whilst travelling.
I always start a painting with a basic sketch and a notan drawing. I then choose the correct size canvas to paint on. Colour choice is imperative, and I always lay out my new paint in a set way after choosing the colour palette to be used in the painting. Donning the apron and turning on the music is a must before starting to paint. I try to paint “alla prima” but a painting may take several sittings.
Thank you for taking a look at my art.
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