Having spent many years working in the equine industry, I was naturally drawn to the power and the beauty of the horse as a subject matter for my art. As I have grown as an artist I have found the urge to dig deeper into my fascination with these amazing animals, drawing on all the years of being in close contact with them.
“What is it about the horse that attracts us to them?”
I have found that being in their presence is a healing experience, making me feel grounded in the present moment even when the outside world is chaotic and uncertain, It is the essence of these interactions that I seek to capture in my art, taking the viewer on a journey into the unknown world of the horse.
“Equanimity I embodies inner balance and harmony”
Throughout the creative process, I made use of several natural elements to bring about this feeling. The first is the incorporation of sea sand, mixed with heavy body acrylic, to create lively textures. The sea sand is symbolic of the ocean, which to me is a very peaceful entity that has the ability to calm a person. Balance and harmony always starts with calmness,
The second element is the use of natural Slate Blue pigment from the Joe Joubert Handmade 0il Paint collection, This natural pigment creates soft blue tones, which despite being subdued, is still vibrant and full of life. Although slate is a rather unremarkable stone it is considered by many to be a balancing stone that has the ability to balance the chakras and is seen as the perfect harmony of the elements.
These artworks are part of my whimsical, expressive series “She’s Horseman” which is inspired by my childhood love and fascination with horses. Both “Cloud” and “Wildheart” pays tribute to the incredible children stories about wild horses. Growing up, much time was spent reading these stories, as well as,
watching adaptations of these stories and documentaries on wild horses (my all-time favourite being about the wild horses of the Namib).
To this day people still see the wonder that is the wild horse and their many organizations, such as The Cloud Foundation, which works to protect the last surviving horses, the chakras and is seen as the perfect harmony of the elements.
‘Nostrils flared, head held high. . . the Arabian stallion turns to face it,”
This painting pushes the boundary between abstraction and realism. At first glance, the viewer may only see a sea of colours, but when closely observed the head of an Arabian horse will slowly appear.
Exhibitions and accomplishments:
Equus Film Festival Art Competition Finalist 2017
Framez Art Exhibition (group exhibition) 2018- Framez
Call of the Wild (group Exhibition 2018- Bright Street Gallery
Western Cape Art Association members exhibition 2019 – Bright Street Gallery
Avontuur Pop Up Market 2021- Avontuur Estate Restaurant