What is your background?
I am a self-taught artist and have now been painting professionally for 20 years. I originally -studied to be a Cordon Bleu chef and worked as a cookery writer and food stylist before switching the spatula for a paint brush.
What does your work aim to say?
That beautiful things come from dark places, my work represents the muddy waters of the lotus flower pond and all that lives around her shores
How does your work comment on current social and political influences?
Socially murky waters represent a place so many of us have been in, we just let the social ills of society be covered over, we fail to see that from such adversity we can find growth. We never look beneath the surface, because we are afraid of what we can find. But in the end its all beautiful. Bloom in adversity.
What are the obstacles that female artists still encounter today in regard to their art, or the fact it's made by woman?
I think we are disadvantaged because of the rolls we have to play in society as a mother and home/caregiver, but we are not disadvantaged because we are women. We are disadvantaged because we have so much more on our plates and what is still expected from us in our place in the world.
What advantages are there for being a woman in the art world?
We have a voice and the tools at our disposal to communicate our voice, is as equal or powerful as any man.
How do you want to be perceived in the art scene?
I want to be regarded as the artist who found acceptance without any formal training, only my raw talent and with no barrier or restrictions placed on me.
“only by my hand by which I have decided”
Durban - South Africa