Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
I recently seem to be favouring the more contemporary (even abstract) work. I’ve always been inspired by Kentridge, Irma Stern, Marlene Dumas, Hodgins, Penny Siopis and more recently, Mary Sibande,
Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
Irma Stern for forging the way ahead in times where being a female artist (let alone South African) would have been nigh impossible…
If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
I think I would like a David Hockney (one of the Californian pool series)… For its simplicity and calming presence… But these preferences change with time ?
How did you get started? Did you always want to be an artist?
I started +- 25 years ago – painting as a means of therapy – as a gift to myself – to do something solely for me. I considered studying art whilst at school but my mother, who studied commercial art at the DUT, firmly discouraged me – so maths and accountancy won the day….
What should people know about your art that they can’t tell from looking at it?
That the underlying aspect of my art is to bring peace and harmony to the viewer – and to hopefully make the viewer look at the original with new eyes…