I often get asked how I started as an artist.
The truth is I’m not sure.
I think I’ve always been an artist at heart…. I’ve just tried really hard to cover it up!
I was born and raised in the beautiful bushveld of South Africa, which I’m sure helped inspire my passion for wildlife and nature. This love for animals led me to a fascinating and rewarding academic career in biology around the world; majoring in Zoology and Entomology in South Africa (BSc Hons), a PhD (Sweden), and then an academic researcher in Australia for 12 years, specialising in behavioural and evolutionary ecology.
Looking back I realise that I’ve always had a creative streak, even if I wasn’t aware of it at the time. As a child, I would write and illustrate my own stories, and made pottery hippos and other animal characters that I sold for pocket money. During my undergraduate university studies, I did numerous scientific entomological illustrations for scientific papers and books.
Indeed, throughout my academic career I experimented with various creative activities, ranging from painting, ceramics to sculpture and metal welding. It was during one of these creative bursts that I tried mosaics at a local Saturday morning class in Australia… and I guess I caught the mosaic bug!
I currently reside in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands of South Africa.
I share my studio (and home) with my two beloved rescue blondes, Joey and Jassie.
In 2016 I sold my first mosaic… and within a few months I had a full-time business and growing commission list.
My development as a mosaic artist has evolved unintentionally. I started out working with ceramic tiles, slowly incorporating more and more stained glass as I began to experiment and create more detailed and realistic work. Indeed, experimentation has been, and continues to be, a fundamental part of my development as an artist, and I am continuously developing new techniques, approaches and materials to remain fresh and innovative.