Brave Blue World
Brave Blue World

Brave New World is a novel written in 1931 by Aldous Huxley.  This painting was inspired by a conversation I had with my brother in law about this book.

Paper Boats
Paper Boats

This painting is inspired by the line: O wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind? by Percy B. Shelly. It will be one of about 10 of my works on show at the Galerie Walfer, April 24th (opening night/Vernissage 18:30 – 20:00) until 03 May 2015. Snacks, wine served.

Im Westen Nichts Neues
Im Westen Nichts Neues

This painting is inspired by the book, Im Westen Nichts Neues (All’s Quiet On The Western Front) by Erich Remarque. This is a rich narrative, at times humorous, dreamy, frantic and tragic . He describes how men turn into animals on the battlefield, while at the same time noting the brimstone butterflies flitting here and there across the killing fields, the larks and his daydreams about life at home. Another source of inspiration came from German French and British poets who took part in the slaughter.

I incorporated real ww1 photographic images from the front with a loose botanical style for the plants and birds. Butterflies emerge from the mud, larks flutter down and perch on the deadly barbed wire. Daisies and poppies push their way through no man’s land.

To Survivors Of WW1 and WW2
To Survivors Of WW1 and WW2

A small piece dedicated to two major world changing events. The flowers push through the barbed wire and thrust into the clear sky. My feelings are, that what ever happens, life carries on at a relentless pace.

Bush Fire
Bush Fire

During my childhood we lived against the mountainside at the very edge of the developments and houses, close to forests, dense bush. Quiet often, as usual in hots summers, bush fires broke out, which was a terrifying sight. I wanted to get the feeling of a dream sequence here with the ripe pears changing form into random polka dot patterns, the wind moving through the painting, the girls running away.

Don’t Be Afraid
Don’t Be Afraid

A circular painting inspired by South African beadwork, quotations by famous South Africans, insects and plant life. From below, the insects scuttle or fly into the centre of a magnified daisy, from outwards into the sky burst birds, balloons and seeds.

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.

Exhibition Galerie Walfer 23 May to 01 June 2014
Exhibition Galerie Walfer 23 May to 01 June 2014

Example of art available at my first Luxembourg solo exhibition at the Galerie Walfer, 5 route de Diekirch Walferdange, Luxembourg.

A Ghost Story From Malta
A Ghost Story From Malta

An idealised view of the countryside. Maybe an internal yearning for a garden. Also inspired by an interesting Maltese ghost story involving a woman followed by a ghostly white goat at night.

Beekeeping
Beekeeping

The strange side show phenomenon of bee beards inspired this piece.