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The invigorating intellectual fitness so typical of achieving a Doctorate (in Psychological Anthropology, Rand Afrikaans University), the unfolding magic of exploring troubled human relations amongst employees on gold mines (Chamber of Mines, Human Resources Laboratory), the sheer delight of working closely with various artists in TV camera production teams (SABC, Manager: Educational TV and Radio Programmes), the sobering realization of humanity’s common predicament (offering inter-personal awareness programmes across cultural and racial boundaries) … all this made a profound imprint on a destiny to create for the sake of Beauty and Love.

Depicting the majesty of Creation through human, bird and animal sculptures will always be of relevance to me. The ultimate goal is sharing a passion for art in the widest possible sense. It is gratifying to see someone identifying with one of the sculptures, or passing existential comments on the themes they depict.

Thus far, the biggest attempt to beautify life was to design and sculpt a scale model and then, with the loyal assistance of many colleagues, build and decorate Flycatcher Castle (in Graskop, Mpumalanga, Republic of South Africa) along European-classical lines. Through this castle, incredible challenges to body, spirit and mind were faced, but by Grace, the mountain top arrived. Through creating this castle I came to realise that I would love and yearn my creations to be something that is not only “on the exhibition”, “on a pedestal”, to be looked at, but something that is lived, inhabited, enjoyed, touched … sculptures that frequently offer laughter … sculptures that involuntarily push the onlooker to contemplation.

(Click here Castle in the Mist 1: Somewhere over the Rainbow to view the first of seven short videos about the construction of the castle and other smaller sculptures).

 

Artist Achievements

From 1997 to 2007, works exhibited at Everard Read (Hyde Park, Jhb), Crake (Norwood, Jhb) Steward (Parkhurst, Jhb) and The Loop (Whiteriver).

Since 2007, exhibit in own Sculpture Galley in Flycatcher Castle, Graskop, Mpumalanga.

From 1997 till 2007, many commissions amongst others, busts of prominent South Africans and historical figures, religious sculptures, commissions from the USA, as well as trophies.