artist and printmaker

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I was born in Greytown, KZN. Growing up on an isolated farm, I spent a lot of time drawing and exploring nature. I qualified as a Landscape Architect from the University of Pretoria in 1982, and this profession enabled me to combine my love of nature and art.

Fine arts, however, always remained my first love, and I enrolled for the BVA degree at Unisa, which I completed in 2011. During my studies at Unisa, I started using digital text as a metaphor for natural complexity; simultaneously commenting on societal beliefs and worldviews. I am constantly challenged to create larger and more complicated artworks consisting of text.

Although this has remained the focus of my artmaking, in 2015 I became interested in traditional printmaking - intending to combine these techniques with my digital prints. I started experimenting with dry point, etching and aquatint.

Since then, I have also learnt the process of monotype, and I will be learning woodcutting, screen printing and cyanotype printing soon.

I am well and truly hooked by the world of printmaking!

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