Born in South Africa to an English father and a South African mother, I hold dual nationality. I left there before the regime changed as I wasn’t happy living under it. This was before Nelson Mandela was released. I moved first to the USA for two and half years before immigrating to Borehamwood in Jan 1992. My farther is originally from Borehamwood so in a sense I returned to my roots. I was in the same town my father left 40 years ago.
I started drawing when I was very small. I remember when I was about 4 or 5 years old, sitting beside my grandfather watching him read the newspaper and thought – ‘I can draw him’. So I did. He was so excited when I showed him my drawing and I have been drawing and painting ever since. I stopped just before I left RSA and then started again seriously in 1997.
I love trying to capture mood, light and water hence I tend to paint as many portraits, as landscapes with water present, or just seascapes. I love the colour spectrum sunsets or sunrises throw onto water. Mostly my constant fascination is with movement in water and how light changes mood, movement colour or depth. I prefer working with pencil or oils on wood. I also use watercolours and other media, and occassionaly turn my hand to sculpting animals and busts.
In 2002 I was commissioned through McNeil Gallery to do a pencil drawing copy of a very old photograph of a baby. Radlett centre viewed my portfolio and immediately accepted me in July 2004. I was granted the month of January 2005 to hold a one-man show in the Apthorpe Gallery. I have since then had 2 paintings accepted each year in The Harris Museaum and Art Gallery in Preston Lancs. I will be exhibiting in The Duke's Theatre, Lancaster as a one man show again in September 2007.
I accept commissions in both pencil and oil.