Born and raised in South Africa, I’m the middle child from a family of five girls. My parents, both in their late seventies, continue to be consistent role models of steadfastness and fortitude in my life. I left South Africa in my early twenties to explore my roots in Europe and have since lived in the Netherlands, USA and Australia. I now reside with my Scottish husband in Glasgow and my two grown sons are both living in Edinburgh.
I’ve obtained a Master of Fine Art from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 1996 and twenty years later a Master of Research in Creative Practices from the Glasgow School of Art. My formal art training also includes studying at the University of the Free State in South Africa and the Royal Academy in The Hague, the Netherlands.
Over the years my drawing and painting practice have extended into teaching, installation art, mosaic art, liturgical art, community art and research. For this website I’ve selected a number of artworks and projects which signpost my journey of art making. These are named and listed under ‘Galleries’ on the site.
I’ve come to realise that the golden thread which runs through the varied work, from different geographical contexts, is a yearning to ‘belong’. This longing is expressed through the exploration of and the response to multi-layered connections residing within specific, experienced places and the people from these contexts.
During the recent months of isolation, due to the Covid-19 Lockdowns, I’ve returned with renewed commitment to the craft of observational painting. This has helped me to regain confidence in utilising the language of paint. I am currently searching for new direction, but am particularly interested in the potential of art to articulate the social dimension of our multi-layered, complex ‘lived space’ in cities.