Portraits are visually arresting, enhancing the room they’re featured in.

I approach each portrait with the purpose of capturing the essence of their lives, formed by the narrative of the stories that I gather by sitting listening to them. Shared moments. Vital. Unique. Mesmerising.

I strive for simplicity, so that the mood and energy in my work empowers people to dream.

Thatcher

Oil on Canvas 60cmx30cm Available $1,800.00 including postage A portrait of one of the thatching guys at the office. I used a narrow canvas, aggressive with the cropping of the composition. I kept the colours fresh and light to reflect the enjoyment they being to our days as they create their magic.

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Survival

Oil on Canvas 60cmx30cm Available $1,800.00 (Including courier fees) Juba, South Sudan. A young boy clings to survival by carrying impossibly heavy loads of supplies in a wheelbarrow from the taxi stop on the Juba – Yei road into the camp for those displaced by the fighting. Hot colours, of energy, and the heat of…

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Guy

Oil on Canvas 50cmx50cm Available for sale $2,500.00 Kirsten introduced me to Alexi Von Jawlensky, who painted with Kandinsky which inspired the colours of his portraits. While primary colours predominate in much of his work, I used his colour contrasts as a basis for a much gentler portrait of Guy. The turquoise, raw sienna and…

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Tlotlo

Oil on canvas 102cmx76cm   Available for sale $8,500.00 The light, reminiscent of a Rembrandt portrait. The composition gave me a tough time as it didn’t seem to sit comfortably on the canvas. I changed the orientation of the painting to give the portrait more space to breath. It seemed appropriate to use the last…

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Preacher Man

Oil on Canvas 67cmx102cm   Structured on the Fibonacci spiral to give the portrait its focal point, and to cocoon the portrait. An ethereal protection of the priest, whose soul has been ravaged by war. His Indian heritage gave direction for the colouring used in the painting, with a subtle yellow undertone, contrasted with black…

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River Hippie

Oil on canvas board 71cmx56cm Available for sale $3,800.00   The face of Stephen Ross Hogge, of Chesapeake blue crab (the basic colours of the painting) fame, is somewhat different to what I was expecting. He looks more like a Musketeer than a fisherman, and I’m not sure he will be overly thrilled with the greenish tinge!…

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Homeless

Oil on canvas 76cmx102cm Available for sale $6,800.00 (Excluding shipping and insurance) Sculpting with paint. Minimal, bold strokes. ‘Homeless’, my portrait of a man at Wit-lokkasie. The angular contours of the face reminiscence of a sculpture. His dark skin, and the composition in profile, strengthening the angles.

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Defiant

Oil on canvas 102cmx76cm For the portrait of the young homeless women, I decided not to do the curtain of dreads that were part of the reference photo’s, but rather let her defiance scream at the world that judges her. For the hair, I used a wad of tissue to rub out sections of the…

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Johannes

Oil on canvas 102cmx76cm The sun scorching. A red hat outside the Route 62 wine shop in Ashton. The face of the car-guard, full of life and energy. An internal, economic migrant, his story is one of survival, hardship and marginalisation. A reflection of much of our society. Yet his strength and pride at doing…

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