Creative aptitude can spill over from one discipline to another. Painting doesn't really seem much of a leap from theater for me. Both require training, preparation, rehearsal, performance, and a search for truth and authenticity
I come from South Africa and have lived a nomadic lifestyle, settling for periods in the UK, France and New York, and now in the lovely village of Brownville NE.
Constantly moving from place to place is not just the result of a long career as an actor, but also a strong desire to keep changing my surroundings. Painting helps me make sense of it all.
Most of the characters I paint are drawn from the theatrical world in which I exist. My objective is to find a way to capture intimately revealing moments before and after performances. I paint representationally in oils, seeking to capture the nuances and drama of those moments.
I find a sense of theater in everything. I paint the extraordinary people I know, and the intriguing situations I have found myself in.
I am especially inspired by artists whose work suggests a sense of humor but on deeper inspection reveals a profound truth and seriousness.