Through the years I have discovered that I am moved by the complexities of landscape and by the emotional impact of place. It seems that the contradiction of order/disorder, form and poetry that I find in natural and man-made landscapes has compelled me to paint places not only for their natural qualities but for the richness and formal qualities that make places unique.
I use drawings and watercolors to mark down the immediacy of a place and work in the studio to develop formal compositions while striving to retain the emotional qualities that reflect my initial response The essence of place is rich and demanding and this leads me to explore the subject not only in oils but also through watercolor and a variety of print techniques.
I was born in South Africa and immigrated to the USA during the apartheid years in that country. I trained at the Michaelis School of Art at the University of Cape Town (BFA), and spent a post-graduate year studying painting at the Higher Institute of Fine Art in Antwerp, Belgium. I also studied art education at the University of London Institute of Education in England. I hold an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. I have shown my work in juried and solo exhibitions. I have taught painting and printmaking at a number of colleges, and has worked as an arts administrator for the State of Maryland in the Governor’s Office of Art and Culture.