"Magnolias" Oil Painting on stretched canvas; 59 x 83 cm; R2800
The Magnolia is one of the most bold and flambouyant of flowering trees. Although not indigenous to South Africa, it is common in gardens throughout the country. A remarkably ancient species, members of this plant species date back 95 million years. There are more than 150 species of magnolia.
My painting of his magnificent botanical beauty reflects the strength, diversity and versatility of the human species. We, like the magnolia flower, are highly resistant to disease and pests, but can be easily damaged by harsh treatment, knocks and storms. Yet we continue to propagate and spread ourselves unrestrained, into whichever soil we find ourselves taking root.
Cape Dwarf Chameleon
Oil Painting on stretched canvas; 50 x 40cm; R1800
"High Hopes" Oil Painting on stretched canvas; 50 x 70cm; R1800
This is the window of a well-established educational institution in Europe. While I painted it I imagined how it must feel for a student of this ancient place of learning to look out of a window bathed in centuries of education; dreaming of a great future for him or herself. High Hopes is a song by Pink Floyd, from one of my favourite albums. The album was playing on repeat while I was painting his; music such as this provides the greatest sense of calm and inspiration to me while I work. I felt the title of the song would be an apt title for this painting.
"Impending" Oil painting on canvas; 30 x 40cm; R1800
This is Africa. Storm clouds brewing like uprising revolutionaries, unsettling and constantly changing. Sudden violent storms then peaceful beauty until the unforgiving, scorching heat gives way to the clouds of change once again.
Oil Painting on stretched canvas; 80cm x 1m; R3200