I grew up in Durban in the 50's and as far back as I can remember, I have always loved drawing and painting. After completing a B.Sc Degree at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal, I moved to Cape Town where I obtained a Diploma in Medical Technology and thereafter worked for some years in the Department of Microbiology at Medical School, Cape Town. My husband and I decided to settle in this beautiful city and after many years of nurturing a young family, I have only recently been able to devote more of my time to painting and art education.

I do not have any formal art training, but am fortunate to have been guided and inspired over the years, by wonderful teachers and mentors, whose knowledge and expertise continues to influence and inspire me.

I was taught pastel painting by Lesley Charnock and oil painting by Marcelle Lyons. I also attended oil and watercolour classes with Margie Johnson. I have tried acrylic painting and have also explored the enormous possibilities in the fields of print making and etching. In addition I enjoy taking part in various workshops encompassing different media and subject matter. I also paint with a plein air group, and have attended life drawing sessions and monthly demos by Ryno Swart. All this has helped me embrace many new ideas and develop different approaches to my work.

I am greatly influenced by the Impressionist and Post Impressionist painters, the Scottish Colourists and more recent artists such as Ken Howard, Fred Cuming, John Blockley, Maxwell Wilks, Trevor Chamberlain, Maggie Siner and Carolyn Anderson. My preference is to work directly from life in oils and I particularly enjoy exploring the 'Still Life' genre.

I regularly exhibit with the Constantiaberg Art Society and the South African Society of Artists, Original Cape Art and Art Portfolio, these exhibitions usually taking place at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. I have also exhibited with Artists of the South, in Simon's Town. In addition, I have work in art galleries in Cape Town and surrounding areas such as Riebeeck Kasteel and Robertson. My paintings hang in private homes in SA and abroad.

I was thrilled to be accepted for a residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, which I filled in August and September 2010 and concede that it truly was without a doubt, an amazing learning experience, which enriched my life and positively influenced my work. In September 2012 I achieved the honour of becoming a Fellow of the South African Society of Artists, an overwhelming and humbling experience. I continue to enjoy the support and encouragement of family and friends, which has made it possible for me to pursue this wonderful dimension to my life.

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