Artist profile

2024|4 – Barossa Arts Festival: Artist
2024|1 – Bluethumb blog post: featured as one of ten seascape artists to look out for in 2024
2023|9 – Participated and sold paintings at the loreto spring art exhibition
2023|8 – SALA exhibition at Art@Goolwa
2023|6 – Merit Award At The Royal South Australia Society Of Arts Winter Exhibition
2023|4 – Best In Show At The Campbelltown Art Show
2022|7 – Participated in the TIDAL exhibition at the Gallery in the Lifestyle Centre in Ballito
2022 – Continually exhibited work through The Green Gallery in Mount Edgecombe
2021|9 – Cover and 8-page Feature in the South African Artist Magazine Issue 64
2021|9 – Painting demonstration for the upper south coast art association
2021|5 – Featured in Endless Horizons, an artist showcase book printed in germany
2020|6 – Presented an artist talk on journal sketching, LOOK | IMAGINE – part of the DUT|HfK in Bremen Summer school
2020|5 – 'Second Chance' Painting selected for the cover of the accredited journal, AlterNation Special Edition 29 (2019)
2019|12 – Painting Demonstration and Exhibition of works at Makiwa Gallery Umhlanga Rocks
2019|9 – 'Marine ecology in paint: a closer look at turtles' solo exhibition at Makiwa Gallery Umhlanga Rocks
2018|11 – DUT Creative Outputs Award
2017|9 – 'Equus & Us’ Solo exhibition at DUT art gallery 
2014 to 2017 – Completed several commissioned artworks for clients, mostly equestrian themed.
2016 – Gurney Journey Online Weeds Painting Competition: won the Grand Prize for ‘Mexican Sunflower’ painting.
2016 – Participated in KZNSA Member’s Exhibition: painting called, Train in the Rain.
2015 Participated in KZNSA Member’s Exhibition: painting called, Healing.
2014 & 2015 – A number of commercial exhibitions at the Durban Shongweni Club, including during the prestigious Nissan Show. (Arranged through club management.) 
2014 – Exhibited art at the Hilton Arts Festival through The Green Gallery
2014 – Exhibited art collection at Durban Shongweni Club’s Landrover Horse and Wine Festival.
2014 – Participated in Dutch Reformed Church Pinetown Arts and Crafts Exhibition.
2014 – Highway Art Group Members Exhibition: Won People’s Choice Award for ‘Busker’ painting.


Artist bio

“Feel the wild and pulsing ocean.” That is the primary drive behind my paintings. In November2022, our family moved from Durban in South Africa to Adelaide in South Australia. I paint in a contemporary impressionist technique that is a type of fusion between traditional and experimental paint application. Though I enjoy exploring various subjects, my focus is on marine life and the ocean, for which I have spent much time at aquariums (consulting marine biologists), snorkelling, and traveling to remote beaches to capture the sea turtle nesting and hatching. Over the past few years these themes have captivated me, especially since I began spending more time in the surf again, as I used to with my brothers when we were much younger. I started noticing the fish and lifeforms sharing the waves while becoming increasingly interested in colour theories and light effects that I read about. There is an elegance and beauty in marine life, and I began to study how light interacts with water both above and below the surface. I have also come to learn that our relationship with the ocean is not neutral, as these lifeforms have the ability to evoke great emotions in our being. My underwater subjects primarily began with the various sea turtle species and have expanded to include other forms of life, such as sharks, groupers and rays.
I am privileged, over the years, to have had solo exhibitions, sold work through galleries, exhibited at shows, enjoyed successful commissions, won some awards, and featured in publications, but it is always about paying acute attention to how light interacts with the subject and how best I can interpret that genuine sensation through, for instance, a broken colour technique of the famous impressionists.
In 2023, I won a Best in Show at the Campbelltown Art Show and a Merit Award at the RSASA Winter exhibition. My paintings are on display in the Montville Art Gallery – a vibey town in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. Towards the end of 2023, I completed and submitted a PhD study that consists of a series of paintings that explore the role that art can play in marine life conservation and ecological preservation within the greater Anthropocene debate.  Up until 2022, I exhibited and sold artworks in South Africa at The Green Gallery (Mount Edgecombe), The Gallery (Lifestyle Centre in Ballito), Makiwa Gallery (Umhlanga), as well as the DUT Art Gallery. I featured on the cover and had an eight-page spread in the South African Artist magazine in 2021.
I very much look forward to hearing from you and I hope you enjoy the artworks on display.
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