As far back as I can remember I have been studying, exploring and recording the world around me, insatiably fascinated by the intricacy of the different art making processes that I have uncovered along the way. I am a great fan of keeping a sketchbook too. Over the years I have filled thousands of sketch books with my dreams, designs, concepts and doodles. It is here that I build my concepts and that leads to my next painting. Some ideas take longer than others, but once the decision is made to take my concept to paint, there is no stopping me.
I draw my ideas directly onto a panel or canvas and my study gradually emerges, sometime it consists of just a few rhythmic lines and other times, it's an in depth study with hours of research behind it with every single detail worked out in its finest. To the surprise of many, I just follow through with color decisions right on top of my beautiful drawing.
After applying my color decisions, I build up layers- each layer consists of a compilation of different techniques. Some techniques are allowed to dry, while others are worked wet into wet. I am a great fan of artists who apply paint with spontaneous brush work, e.g. Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Van Gogh. These Masters inspire me daily, to keep my application spontaneous and the movements of my brush application transparent. The transparency of brush strokes allows others to see and appreciate the mark making process in my work.
I love the thick creamy consistency of oil paints and the versatility it offers me in creating a huge variety of textures - sometimes, all with one brush. Needless to mention the abundance of oil painting mediums that offer me never ending solutions.
I accept commissions throughout the year, regardless of the subject matter. However, I do get very emotional and passionate when asked to paint our wild life heritage. I also enjoy the challenges of private portrait commissions. However, for myself, there is nothing more rewarding than wondering off into the forest behind my house with a few student artists in tow, into the 63 kilometers of forest with pochade and stool in hand.