I was born and brought up in Africa. I grew up on a farm in a rural valley in south
east Africa, (Swaziland), where my days were filled with freedom and wonder. My father
started off his career as a Game Ranger for Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, in the
eastern part of South Africa, near the Kruger Park, so we grew up with hearing heart
pounding tales of the bush (and we even had a few, ourselves). Dad taught us to develop
a 6th sense in nature, with a “look to see” and “listen to hear” perspective. In
the bush these techniques can save your life, although our dog, Jessie, who accompanied
us everywhere, understood these things and did the real work for us. My mother is
Zimbabwean, a teacher, having taught children in several African countries. Mum home
schooled us, for several years, on our farm, until we grew, wound up in South Africa,
and eventually Europe.
My African childhood was about as perfect as a childhood could be (at least in my
memory!) But then life takes it’s course, and the journey, so far, has taken me across
six continents, through villages, towns, cities, and eventually, to California.
My art is about these experiences: about the beauty of wild animals. About the quiet
dignity and gentleness of people I’ve met in far flung villages. About beautiful
places that have a feeling of peace about them. Thank you for sharing them.