|Working at Burr & Muir Antiques involves
tracking down and purchasing stock, plenty of research, and preparing presentations
of items for sale. The job however affords one the time to explore other
interests, such as photography and painting.
I decided to start to learn to paint about 5 years ago, and influenced by David Porter, I attended classes with Lindi Waterkeyn in Hout Bay, where I met also Alan McKirron. Lindi is a clever teacher, in that she allowed one to develop one’s own style, which is clearly seen by the differing styles of my paintings, and those of David and Alan. Unlike them, I like working almost exclusively with a palette knife.
Artists whose styles I really appreciate are Frank Auerbach, Leon Kossoff and others who work aggressively in heavily textured oils.
Scenes I like to paint are often beach scenes, or scenes with figures and animals. Whenever I travel, I photograph whatever I think might make an interesting painting, and use this as a reminder when I paint. A holiday in to Ghana last year prompted a number of paintings that appear on this exhibition. I stayed in a small fishing village called Fettah, about 50 kilometers west of Accra. The unspoiled fishing village offered very picturesque vistas of ocean and fishing vessels, and was the perfect inspiration for photography and painting.
I especially enjoy painting portraits, but these I usually do as a gift
for the sitter.