We once had strong winds in my area which blew branches of all sizes off the gum trees. Many people saw a big mess on the pavements and streets, but I saw beauty simply waiting to be enhanced. Each morning when I went for a walk, I picked up three or four “good sticks” and carried them home, delighting in the potential that each one held. I then painted them all with a coat of enamel paint, let that dry and commenced to decorate the sticks using a wide variety of mixed media – a process that was both stimulating and meditative. The African and Australian influences are clearly evident with vibrant, almost tribal colours and patterns. The word that comes to mind when looking at them is ‘ethnic’.
Medium: Mixed Media
About the artist
My involvement in art began while living in South Africa. After migrating to Australia in 1998 I continued studying art and honed my skills in traditional painting styles and mediums. I now mainly enjoy mixed media and alcohol ink paintings in a semi-abstract style. The vibrant passion of Africa and the fascinating flora of Australia tend to make their appearance in most of what I create. I also practise as an Art Therapist. Both creating my own art and using art to facilitate healing for my clients give me immense joy and satisfaction. I feel that this joy shines through in my paintings. During Covid, artmaking has been a saviour.