I have been drawing and painting from an early age. I took Art as a subject at school and earned a distinction. I had the choice of studying a Fine Arts degree at Wits University but opted instead for Architecture. After qualifying, I worked as an Architect for a few years and then decided to pursue a calling to full-time Christian Ministry. I am currently the Rector of Christ Church Somerset West where I have been serving for the past 17 years.
Painting plays an important role in my life and ministry. It provides me with a therapeutic outlet in what can be demanding work at times. In ministry, I’m constantly shifting contexts – one moment celebrating new life, and another coping with death… and everything in-between! I mostly paint abstracts in black and white enamel in which I wrestle with the “freedoms and restrictions” created by these extremes.
Inspiration behind Untitled I and Untitled II:
I painted these works in the first weeks of “lockdown”. I was preaching through the Book of Job at the time. At one point, Job cries out in desperation: “At least there is hope for a tree… But a man dies and is laid low; he breathes his last and is no more.” Then seemingly out of nowhere, a shaft of light pierces his darkness. He questions: “If a man dies, will he live again?” This line of questioning in turn leads to the renewal of his hope for resurrection: “All the days of my hard service I will wait for my renewal to come. You will call and I will answer you; you will long for the creature you have made. Surely then you will count my steps but not keep track of my sin. My offence will be sealed up in a bag; you will cover over my sin.”
My paintings gives expression to the hope of life after death.