I was raised in the small mining town of Selebi-Phikwe, on the edge of Botswana’s Kalahari Desert. I developed an abiding love for the stark landscapes and tenacious plants and animals that thrive in such conditions. The third generation of my family to live in Botswana, I was taught respect and admiration for this land of hardship and remarkable beauty.
I studied at South Africa’s Rhodes University, culminating in an Honours degree in Applied Linguistics. My focus on the logic systems underlying speech and language processing software increased my delight in detail and structure.
I worked in the mining industry for several years following my marriage to an exploration geologist, living in obscure mining camps and towns all over Southern Africa. Our work took us to Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, and back to Botswana, where we spent a year in a tented camp near my hometown. Photographs piled up, and eventually I felt the need to commit our experiences to canvas and paper.
I restarted my artistic journey in 2008, a year after the birth of my first child. A lifelong habit of sketching things that drew my attention had led me to study Art at A Level as a teenager. Apart from that basic education, I was flying blind, forcing me to develop my own techniques and methods of visualisation.
I started selling my paintings in 2010, quickly developing a group of private clients who commissioned and bought a variety of pieces. My artwork has been purchased for use in homes and businesses across Africa, as well as by overseas clients in Australia, the UAE, the USA, Canada and the UK. Many of my overseas buyers emigrated from Africa, and choose these images as a reminder of home.
I work from my home studio in the beautiful mountain town of Montagu, in the Western Cape.