Spring/Summer studio newsletter

Art portfolio- my work, Studio news

Pincushion (Leucospermum) Cotton thread and rubber 77 x 75 cm

Dear Friends,

It is September already, and Spring is in the air!

I am happy to tell you that my work arrived safe and sound in Australia. “Incognito” my first solo exhibition at MContemporary gallery in Sydney opens on the 23rd of September 2017.  I will not be able to attend the opening, but if you have friends or family in that area, please spread the word.

For this upcoming solo exhibition, Incognito, I am inspired by flowers with interesting common names. By combining flowers with self-portraits and animal skulls I wanted to create masks, concealing the true identity.

Black-eyed Susan 60 x 30 x 25 cm

You are welcome to visit the gallery’s page (here) to get a preview of the work for this show, but I will also post images here during the course of this month…

In the meanwhile I am busy preparing for another solo exhibition titled : “Come hell or high water” which will open on the 5th of October 2017 at Lizamore and Associates gallery in Johannesburg.

Come hell or high water – cotton thread, felt and rubber 63 x 102 cm

but more about this at a later stage.

In early November the gallery Knysna Fine Art turns 20! They will be hosting an extraordinary group exhibition to celebrate this milestone. I am thrilled and honoured to take part in this exhibition since this gallery was the first to give me a show back in 2003!


And then the final news-snippet for today:

I am looking forward to participate in a group exhibition at Grande Provence in collaboration with the wine estate around their range of Angel Tears wine in December this year.

On that note, if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, enjoy the sunny days, and if you are more North, I hope you experience a lovely Autumn/Winter.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go blow up some balloons since my little boy is celebrating his 7th birthday today xxx

“Sir” Stephan is 7!





Art portfolio- my work
Elsie Helena Johanna Horak 12/08/1917 - 19/01/1999

Elsie Helena Johanna Horak 12/08/1917 – 19/01/1999

Today would have been my grandmother’s birthday.  Above is a picture of her when she was young.  She mailed it to me long ago with a note saying that I should take note on how they wore their hair back in the day.  She wasn’t impressed with my hairstyle at one stage, but we did get along and I miss her a lot.

My parents thought I would arrive on her birthday, but I waited to claim my own day…the following day


I’m not in the mood to celebrate my birthday tomorrow….


Its the first year I feel like this…Usually I am super excited so I am trying to get into the mood by looking back on my birthdays when I was a kid (it seems that kids are always excited about birthdays)

….once upon a time I liked to …


(ah a humpty dumpty cake!)..

..there was no such thing as a birthday without a cake…

even when you were sick in bed…

in bed with 'mumps' on one of my birthdays

in bed with ‘mumps’ on one of my birthdays

So maybe I should go and bake a cake…




Studio news/blog

home-made frog birthday cake

Yesterday was the celebration of your second year on this lovely planet.

What I have learned because of you:


To communicate without words.

What you have taught me:

How to play with frogs,

How to take time to explore the garden and get excited about insects,

To walk slower

To sleep less

To wake up with a smile

Thank you my beautiful boy.

So I thought to share some of my favorite mother and child images as celebration:

Tori Amos in the inside of the cd cover of boys for pele

dolls- mother and child

popular mother ans child: magazine cut out received from a friend