Which new trends or artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
I really love Robin Rankin’s work – everything about it. The colour choices and the fun element associated with childhood.
Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?
Jean-Michel Basquiat. I love how his art fuses painting with drawing and how seemingly random strokes and colours work together to create a beautifully balanced and highly emotive work.
Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
While living in London, I often went to visit the National Portrait Gallery.
I was always astounded by the scale and details of some of the works. My favourite exhibition was the BP Awards for Contemporary Portrait Painting. The quality of these works are phenomenal.
Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
Sometimes an idea just pops into my head and if it is more than fleeting and visits me again and again, I feel inspired to create an artwork.
What do you like most about being an artist?
I enjoy seeing an idea in my mind transfer into a tangible artwork that can give pleasure to others. I also like the sense of freedom I feel when I am painting.
How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?
It used to bother me because I felt like I wasn’t inspired or serious enough about my craft. But as I have gotten older, I don’t put half as much pressure on myself as I used to, so I just take a deep breath and find something else to do.
What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
While working at an ad agency in Durban, South Africa the entire agency was asked to produce absolutely anything (cakes, doodles, photographs, knitting) regardless of your position. Works were to be auctioned at a function and all proceeds went to the underprivileged. My painting was sold for the highest price at the auction and I was very proud to have been able to contribute.
Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?
I certainly hope I do. It is very important to me to remain true to my authentic self no matter what the situation. This means I get to be around people who understand me and who I understand. This brings about honesty and trust.
What are your plans for the coming year?
To produce more works and actively try to promote my art. I realize you need to work hard to put yourself out there and believe in yourself and your work.