I am a self taught artist and Writer from South Africa. I am inspired by nature, experiences and the complexity of the human spirit. Personal struggles and being a survivor of childhood abuse lead me on a journey of self discovery. I want to inspire, intrigue and showcase what faith can do.
I have been working on a series of watercolor flowers and have completed three so far. Time, patience and a love for nature is what kept me going even though I have to admit, I got bored half way through. The poppy is my favorite flower and looks beautiful against the background. The daffodil’s softness reminds me of how precious life is. Pansies are such pretty flowers and as a child I always use to think it had a little face. Last but not least, is the petunias. Aren’t they just adorable!? My aunt always told me that they are the fairies trumpets. I’d love to hear from you and during these trying times I believe we should look to nature for inspiration and a reminder that life is still a gift, no matter what we face.
Hello everyone, so as you know I have been busy with the watercolor vintage cards series for a commission and I wanted to practice my drawing skills in between. This is what I started yesterday, it’s a drawing of my eldest daughter. I’m finding some challenges but overall I am really excited about this. I have something special in mind and need to be able to portray the emotion and strength in her beautiful face. The title “star chaser” is my view of her resilience, strength and ability to adapt and overcome. She is the perfect example of what a woman should be, gentle and kind yet strong and fierce.
They say that which Stirs you on the inside is what you should pursue, lately I have been digging deeper inside myself. I am a very deep, emotional, complex person. Nature, animals, human nature, human spirit and some other stuff really matters to me. I found that deep expressive art moves me. A you tube video of an artist called David Desjardins confirmed this. His work, the way he connects his emotions with his work, the way he does his art, it just helped something click. I then took my art journal and started to practice to draw emotions, wisdom, uniqueness and male or female in the eyes. When I am done and as i go, I will keep posting and updating on my progress on my self discovery through my art.
So I decided to make use of the time I had and embellish one of my 1st attempts at painting. I added the tree, the water and touched up the girl with some moon highlights. Acrylic on pressed wood with custom made “fabric frame”
Medium: Charcoal and pastel on 200gsm smooth grain drawing cartdrigde.
Size: 42 x 30 cm Unframed
*not for sale*
Weightloss transformation is a frase some of us are familiar with. As women (even men) we are constantly looking for ways to improve our outward appearance, loose weight and stay healthy. Then we look inside ourselves and we know that we lack in areas that we sometimes keep to ourselves and most of the time we push it back down. The artworks relating to the subject, is a gift for someone very close to me. Someone who was always told she will never be “skinny”. Never was she able to wear a crop top, a sports bra… Never felt comfortable enough to wear skin hugging dresses.. When other teenage girls spend mornings fighting with mom about revealing clothes, she was wearing pants suites, formal, floral baggy clothes. As she was lead to believe those where the only type of clothes she could wear.
I saw her transform her body into what she has always dreamed about. Saw a light go on inside herself that touched me more than I dared admit. She is my younger sibling, my friend and I was touched in a way that gave me a certain type of respect for her strength, endurance and her ability to put mind over matter. This wasn’t just about loosing 20 kg’s. It was more than that, she was shedding a shell that she wore for most of her life. The same thing transpired within my eldest daughter, the same resilience, strength and endurance pushed her to transform herself. I am extremely proud of both of them. But even more touched that both of them helped me believe in my own abilities as a woman. We do not have to be filled with the lies of society, the ugly “truths”, the clichés. We may not be perfect but we can strive to be the best version of ourselves every day. We can step out of the dark abyss into the light and embrace being feminine, beautiful and unique in our own way.
Watercolor wash and line on canvas pad. This series reminds me of romance, love for nature and overall the appreciation of the beauty around us. I will be painting a series of watercolor paintings of roses, different types of flowers and of course a vintage feel of tea cups and roses.
When You created her, What amount of tenderness it took, How many soft spoken tears,
I wonder Lord, What went through Your mind, As You shaped and molded such a selfless, giving, tender-loving, creature,
What words did You whisper as You breathed life into her,
I wonder Lord
Lockdown tribute to mothers all over the world on mothers day. Medium : Graphite, pastel and charcoal on 200gsm fabriano cold pressed paper Size : 42 x 30 cm Collection Unframed also available framed or mounted.