I am a South African born, Auckland-based artist painting New Zealand landscapes - mainly in oil. My style leans towards painterly with a modernist feel, swinging between representative and abstract.
Since Aotearoa became my new home in 2007, I have travelled up and down the country photographing landscapes and scenes from the far North to the deep South. These journeys later became the inspiration and material for my paintings, when in 2015, I found my way back to the brush and canvas.
I take time in shooting photos that tells a story of the land and my compositions always originate in my photography of the landscape. By using the viewfinder as a primary canvas, I decide if the emphasis will be on emotionality, light, form or colour.
Don’t remember to forget me
In my latest solo exhibition I explore the notion of remembering through painting, sculpture and prose.
Some landscapes and in situ experiences remind me of people and places. I’m often moved by little triggers like sound, colour, texture, the elements or just simple word association.