I love road trips. When I was a child, we often trekked through the vast South African landscape towards a holiday destination or family gathering. Always filled with the same anticipation of what lies ahead, I was able to observe the ever-changing countryside, unhindered from the back seat. This was a beginning of my life-long love for the open road.
Since arriving in New Zealand in 2007, I continue this journey. Exploring Aotearoa and finding beautiful, inspirational landscapes wherever I go. Over the past decade I have been photographing and painting landscapes from the far north to the deep south. This collective of works are created with an ongoing theme, ‘Into the heartland’, referring not just to the hinterland, but also the landscape of the heart.
My landscape paintings originate in my photography of the landscape. Composition, form and colour are central to my subject and I tend to use the viewfinder as a primary canvas.