I grew up on a farm, just outside a small town in the northern cape of South Africa. I was always drawing or painting in my spare time since I was 12 years old, my first big assignment was in grade 7 when the school principal asked me to draw a scetch of a plant in a pot, for his office... after grade 12 I started with fabric painting and made a lot of household items for myself and friends.. my first big exhebition consisted of realistic oil paintings of women and children.. I like to do naive and realistic art and love to play with colors. I usually focus on people, animals and flowers and tend to express my mood and feelings with colors... I'm 46 years old now and paint almost every day.. I make furniture with old weathered wood, chalk paint people's furniture and do paintings on wood, canvas and walls..Painting and creating is who I am... it is what calms me, lifts my spirit and gives me great joy !!