I have always had a brush or a pencil nearby and some sort of surface to create art on.
The themes were often inspired by nature and I adore plants, I find them magical and so quiet. In my late 20’s I discovered Botanical Art as a genre and of course watercolour paint. At first, the two did not mix well! Although my drawing skills were good and my observational skills too, I had no idea about watercolour. Once I learnt how to use it, it was exhilarating. To be able to create the tiniest thing in colour, in the most extraordinary detail hooked me immediately.
Now 15 years down the line, I am enjoying passing on the knowledge and techniques of this satisfying art form. My background is in graphic design, but I have always had all sorts of hands-on art on the go my whole life. I have created chalkboard restaurant ads, murals for bedrooms and organisations and illustrations for commercial purposes. I honed my botanical art skills slowly over a decade while raising children and free-lancing. During that time, I exhibited my work at exhibitions around South Africa and completed commissions too. I am so grateful for all the teachers who taught me: Ann Harris, Vicky Thomas, Jenny Phillips, Ann Swan and a few others.
Now, I paint and teach full time. My latest venture is this website, which I hope will grow into a rich resource for all aspiring botanical artists.