‘I see each image representing a moment of stillness within the constant motion of creation and life in general – fragile, beautiful and ephemeral, as is our human experience. In my own quiet way, I hope to influence the way the viewer observes the world around them – to notice, and take delight, in the small details.’
A visual expression of my own quiet experiences the work of each day usually begins with a walk. Immersed in my surroundings I explore the treasures and details of nature often collecting found objects, providing a tangible link to the landscape in which I live. I observe the colours, lines, textures, shapes and patterns of the environment, drawing on them constantly in my creative process.
My process usually begins with monotypes: I use physical specimens of different plants (mostly fynbos), seaweed and other natural finds to create prints on various papers including rice paper and teabags. Led by the materials at hand I use a variety of additional techniques like drawing, stitching, collage, assemblage and painting (often with wax), creating an intimate response to my surrounds.
I have work in private collections in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, USA, Canada and South Africa.
I have written 13 Art ‘how to’ books – 11 of them with Angie Franke, where the motivation has been to encourage the process of art-making for those who have always wanted to participate but never had the courage. 5 adult colouring in books have also been added to bookshelves around the world – all published by Metz Press. I teach from my studio at home and periodically run Art Retreats in the Overberg area.
During the course of my career as an artist, I’ve lectured in Bloemfontein and Johannesburg and given classes wherever I’ve lived. I’ve completed many commissions, designed tapestries for the ‘Fibre Graphics’ exhibition at the SA Association of arts in Pretoria, and taken part in a number of group exhibitions over the years. The winner of the Art.b book arts competition in 2014, I was also included in the new ‘Collectors Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa’ (page 74) published by The South African Institute of Artists and Graphic Designers. I’ve had 16 works selected as a finalist in The Vuleka Art Competition over a number of years (2nd place in 2016, top 5 in 2018) and a Finalist in the Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Tondo competition for the last five years.
Details of exhibitions, publications, awards, etc:
art.b ‘Tiny Treasures’
Rust en Vreede ‘Art on Consignment’
RK Contemporary ‘She’Hermanus Fynarts online ‘Art of thread – Design Matters’ Catalogue Art.b Online ‘Committees’ Choice plus one’ Catalogue Members exhibition Art.b, Bellville ‘Knoop/Knot’ – IS Art, Stellenbosch ‘Summer Sale’ – Rust en Vreede, Durbanville 2019 ‘Christmas Season Exhibition’ – IS Art, Franschhoek ‘Summertide’ – RK Contemporary, Riebeck Kasteel ‘Not my type’ – Imibala Gallery, Somerset West ‘Art Portfolio’ – Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town ‘Living Coral’ – Fact and Friends, Group exhibition, Constantia, Cape Town 2019 Top ten Finalists exhibition, State of the Art Gallery, Cape Town ‘Botanica’, Group exhibition, Art.b 2019 Vuleka Finalists group exhibition, Art.b – 2 works ‘Shades and Tones’ – Art of thread, Hermanus Fynarts 2019 Tondo on Tollman Bouchard Finlayson finalists group exhibition, Hermanus ‘Tiny Treasures’, art.b, Bellville art.b Members exhibition ‘Fynbos and Fantasies’, Pringle Bay 2018 ‘Fynbos and Fantasies’, Pringle Bay ‘Call of the Wild’, Bright Street Gallery, Somerset West ‘#Paper’, Art.b Bellville ‘Ten x 10’ Small Print exhibition, Rosendal Gallery, Cape Town ‘Interwoven’ – with the FACT group (Fibre Artists Cape Town), Constantia, Cape Town Vuleka Finalists group exhibition, Art.b “The Grand” , Group exhibition at Rust en Vrede, Durbanville “Flight”, Group exhibition of printmaking, Art.b, Bellville “A thread runs through it – Collaborative Relationships” (two works) – part of Hermanus Fynarts Tondo on Tollman Bouchard Finlayson finalists group exhibition “Tiny Treasures”, Art.b, Bellville Members Exhibition, Art.b, Bellville 2017 Vuleka Finalists group exhibition, Art.b Members Exhibition, Art.b Vice Versa, Art.b Tondo on Tollman Bouchard Finlayson finalists group exhibition “Art of Threads” – part of Hermanus Fynarts “Tiny Treasures”, Art.b “visual Requiem for Judith Mason” – traveling exhibition – Móinéir and Mok Galleries 2016 “Pop up” exhibition with the Fynbos Art Route, Kleinmond “Tiny Treasures” Members exhibition, Art.b. Belville Tondo on Tollman Bouchard Finlayson finalists group exhibition “Art of Threads” – part of Hermanus Fynarts Tondo, mixed media with botanical monotypes on Vuleka Finalists group exhibition “Playground’ Group exhibition at Moor Gallery in Franschoek “Converse”, group exhibition Móinéir Gallery in Pringle Bay 2015 “Tiny Treasures” Members exhibition, Art.b. Belville Tondo on Tollman Bouchard Finlayson finalists group exhibition Tondo, mixed media with botanical monotypes on Vuleka Finalists group exhibition “Pop up” Christmas exhibition with the Fynbos Art Route, Kleinmond 2014 Encaustic Mixed Media with monotypes on Vuleka Finalists group exhibition “Tiny Treasures” Members exhibition, Art.b. Belville Book Arts competition, Art.b, Belville (winner) group exhibition 2013 oil on board abstract landscape on Vuleka Finalists group exhibition “Miniatures” group exhibition Rust-en-Vreede gallery, Durbanville 2012 3 paintings – 2 oil and 1 encaustic mixed media on Vuleka Finalists group exhibition 2009 2 3-dimensional mixed media works on Vuleka Finalists group exhibition 2007 oil painting on Vuleka Finalists group exhibition 2006 acrylic painting on Vuleka Finalists group exhibition 1986 Exhibition of woven tapestries at Pretoria Association of Arts with ‘Fibre Graphics’