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Detail from my painting ‘Fish Market’

Oil on cotton 150cmx50cm

Hanging in Mum’s house.

The glories of a mature Highveld garden, with trees offering shade from the fierce summer sun.

A garden where delicate white Japanese Anemone blossoms sparkle against green and grey foliage.

Rumbling thunderstorms, overlying the birdsong of wood hoopoe trying to make a hole in the nesting log. Barbets, red chested woodpeckers, grey Loeries, finches, bullbulls, dikkops, yellow weavers. And pidgeons!

Early hours and the rumble of the Gautrain as it tears through the stillness. Mist rising from the water of the dams and only the whir of bicycle chains and running shoes striking the tar break the silence.

Blood sugars struggling to adap to the altitude and my knee not sure of the hills that appear everywhere on morning runs.

Jenny made a tasty dinner of Beef Bourgogne with cauli-mash from the Real Meal Revolution, served with broccoli and Bok-Choi in lemon and sesame seeds

In his time Jan has been an electronics, nuclear and power system engineer, a strategist, a humanitarian and an artist. A career path linked by creativity and innovative thinking. Initially trained at the Johannesburg College of Art, Jan has won numerous international awards and has exhibited nationally and internationally. He can be found in his studio ‘Jandreart’ located at Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna.


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