My portfolio gallery shows some samples of my art created throughout my career.
Since I can remember, drawing has been my ‘thing’. My mother, who is a fabulous artist, encouraged me all the way.
Painting a peony flower in my studio, a timelapse video:
After graduating with a diploma in Textile design in Durban, South Africa, my path led towards Graphic design instead. ( Chinese textile industry had a negative impact on local manufacturing). During the following ten years, while I was raising my children, Graphic design was work that I could do from home. This included business logo’s, signage and advertising, and giving art lessons to children and hosting adult art groups in my studio. My mom and I opened a small business manufacturing a range of preschool equipment called “Little School”. Our principle products ranged from symbol stickers for classrooms to punch bags for the playground.
As a family we moved to Rome in 1998. This move opened up some new challenges like learning Italian, putting kids through school, and a divorce. However, this didn’t stop me painting and I enjoyed showing my work in group exhibitions in Rome and eventually to more freelance Graphic design jobs. Oil painting is not an easy career, so when a chance to illustrate books and manuals for the World Food Programme, Food and Agricultural Organisation and other large institutions came up, that is what I did.
Fortunately I met Simon, and we are now happily married. He has been a champion supporter of my art, and enabled me to show my work in New York and study the Charles Bargue drawing course under the expert instruction of Andrea J. Smith at her Canova studio in Rome.
Amongst all sorts of projects, one of the most fun was an watercolour illustrated book for my grandchildren called Blue Rabbit, which you can find on Amazon or Blurb. Watercolour is a versatile medium, especially for illustrating travel diaries! The most recent being a two month solo bicycle ride from Rome to Oslo, which I covered over 4000 kms, painting scenery along the way. In fact, since early childhood I have made watercolour studies of nature. By now the number of these small painting must be in the thousands. As they say, to be an expert you must practice ten thousand times – I am still practising. Some of these watercolours are available to buy on my online shop as clipart, so you can use them for templates or scrapbooking or whatever.