Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
I love the diversity of South African Art. Galia Gluckmans painting with paper. Paul Senyal’s mixed media. Andrew Versters Mangrove Swamp paintings.
Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
Robert Hodgins. His use of colour and space is electric. I find his subject matter disturbing and rewarding at the same time.
Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
Andrew Verster Mangrove Swamp exhibition for the virbrancy of colour, texture and scale of the paintings. Mark Rothko Tate Gallery for there colour, space and calm.
Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
From the worlds beauty. From peoples subtle interactions between each other.
Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?
I always try paint with a sense of gratitude within myself.
What do you like most about being an artist?
The ability to express myself without using words.
How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?
With much frustration but always with an attitude that tomorrow is another day:>
What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
My greatest achievement is that my art gives me a sense of strength and calm which enables me to be a better mother, wife and person.
Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?
I believe in Gandhi’s motto: “Be kind when possible. It is always possible.” One can change the world by grand gestures but equally importantly in minute subtle ways. I would like to be as generous as possible, be environmentally aware, be kind and gentle in all my interaction with fellow human beings.
What are your plans for the coming year?
To create a body of work reflecting my recent trip to the Delta. To continue with my study in ink drawings of the body.