My subject matter is still life. I love the quiet delights of everyday things, folded or rumpled cloth. I also explore less conventional ways of composing objects and cloth. My aim as a painter is to produce a finshed, two-dimensional work. I disapprove of conceptual “art”.
I had a strict, traditional training and I work very conventionally. In paint in watercolour on paper, oil on canvas, and tempera and gouache on board, all with brushes. I use as limited a palette of colours as possible. Drawing is all important.I sketch first, and then draw out the work before painting, working from my sketches and objects in front of me. I tend to work on one painting at a time, but I have a long list of ideas, and up to four still lifes set up in my studio. These might change slightly before I get around to them. Sometimes I will dismantle one totally and start anew.I do not approve of simply displaying a concept and not painting it in the classical way.
1947 Born on 15th September, Johannesburg, South Africa
1964-68 B.A. Fine Art Stellenbosch University
1979-83 B.A. Open University, UK
2002 Elected to the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours
2004-06 Taught watercolour at Penzance Art School
2007 Moved to France
Arts Club Award, 2006
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Member’s Award, 2004
Talenz Watercolour Prize, Tregastel, France, 1998
Henri Lidchi Prize, 1968
Henri Lidchi Prize, 1967
2006 Artists’ Kew, Kew Gardens
2006 Art in Action
Regular exhibitions at Manya Igel Fine Arts, Lincoln Joyce, Great Bookham and Mall Galleries.
Articles in ‘Artists & Illustrators’, 1996 and 2002
‘Watercolour Workshop’, John Lidzey, Harpercollins, 1995
‘Artists’ Kew’, Royal Botantical Gardens, Kew, 2006