Art has always been a passion of mine. First as an observer and admirer, and now as an amateur and part time artist. I have had no formal art training, I am a mixed media artist but hope in due time to try out other forms of art such as sculpture and printing.

I am also a full time Oral Hygienist based in Benoni, Gauteng. I am married with 2 sons, aged 23 and 27. I have always been a “up for anything” adventurous person, having rock climbed for 20 years, been on a micro light, hot air balloon, climbed Kilimanjaro(Arrow Glacier route) abseiled and studied full time as a mature student.

About 3 years ago, I had to buy stationary for my practice. PNA were having their 25% off annual sale. I went to buy stationary but walked out with art supplies instead. I walked past the art supplies and thought “why not”. As far as I can remember, I have always loved art. However, life gets in the way and having children, studying part time and then going back to university full time at 35 years old meant I had no time for anything extra. Once my boys finished university and my practice was more established, I had more time on my hands and then decided to give art a go. What was also life changing for me was my visit to Salvador Dali’s museum and home in Spain. It took my Inspiration and enthusiasm for art to another level.

I like to think of my art as “the glass half full”. Even if my subject matter is angry or sad etc., I use colour to convey optimism, happiness, hope etc. The one difficulty I do have with my art is that my head is exploding with ideas and I often find it difficult choosing what to put on the canvas next. I have just started a 12 week art course in oil paints so that I can learn some tips and techniques. It is wonderful mixing with other artists and it’s amazing what you can learn from this interaction. What is also incredible about art is how different people interpret the same piece of art.

I hope that my colourful, quirky art will put a smile on someone’s face. And my message is that it is never too late to follow your dreams and the more you paint the better you get.