green man
green man

Part of a spring-theme.

Cockatoo
Cockatoo

The illegal trade in animals is terrible and many birds and animals die whilst in transit. This painting tries to show the beauty of wild birds – we can not own them – they must be free.

Roude Leiw, Lion Matches
Roude Leiw, Lion Matches

Lion matches are a typical South African brand and the logo is one of my favourites. I saw the connection between the red lion on the flag here in Luxembourg and our little red matchsticks lion.

Watch Parts, Sunflower, Sun, Lydenburg Heads
Watch Parts, Sunflower, Sun, Lydenburg Heads

The Lydenburg Heads are a mysterious group of ceramic heads/masks? found on a farm in South Africa. The meaning/use of them is still unknown. They are very beautiful objects and were one of my favourite things to see at the Natural History Museum in cape Town when I was a child in the 1980s. I don´t know where the heads are housed now, but definitely worth seeing.

Sardine Run, South Africa
Sardine Run, South Africa

The Sardine run along the east coast of South Africa is where millions of sardines or pilchards collect to spawn and happens May through to July. The shoals of silvery fish can be up to 7 km long and can be viewed by satelite image very well. Large amounts of sardines collect in the bays and small fishing boats return,  men pulling the nets onto the sand. When the waves break, one can see the fish jumping in and out – an unforgettable sight, especially if greedy seals surf in and out gorging themselves.

This is also the first painting completed belonging to a body of work I’m calling the VENUS project. Basically, a small tribute to all people out there who suffer from genetic or allergic skin diseases/disorders such as vitiligo, eczema or psoriases. My venus is inspired by a professional ballet dancer, originally from Sierra Leone, called Michaela dePrince.

Cantre’r Gwaelod
Cantre’r Gwaelod

An imaginary view of the aftermath of the Welsh legend of the  lost kingdom of Cantre’r Gwaelod in Wales, the stumps of trees, which were revealed during the terrible storms along the British coastline this winter.  Not sure how one pronounces the name: cantering gaylord, can’t Gilod??? One of the examples of art inspired by interesting news.