Wednesday, April 11, 2012


I have heard it said there is nothing quite like the quality of light you find under the African sun – as an ex- South African, I did subscribe to this view - my fondness for the fondness was for the expansive landscapes and especially those late afternoon glowing colors – yellows, reds and oranges with contrasting shadows in blues and purples, not to mention the astounding sunset colors!

California, I have come to realize, has a wonderful landscape, with a drama all of it's own!

Travelling back from a day’s water skiing with friends, I was stunned at the intense sunset yellows, oranges, blues and purples I love so much striking the Californian hills - I do use a little “poetic license” – as one renowned painter said: “Do you see any yellow, then paint it yellow. Do you see any blue, well paint it blue!

I like to intensify the colors to make a feature of the "main attraction" while still keeping the tonal balance.

This style of painting resembles Fauvism, which comes from “les Fauves” (French for “the wild beasts”) – a group of early 20th Century modern artists, whose work emphasized painterly qualities, and strong color.

I hope you also enjoy the lively, modern and joyful style and use of bold colors, simplified drawing and expressive brush work!
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  1. Love your work and very proud of you!

  2. Really beautiful! I'm adding your Etsy shop to my favorites...I'm a fellow painter and new follower of your blog!