Chinkerinchee and Malva

Title: Chinkerinchee and Malva (Response series)
Size: 800 x 800mm
Medium: Oil on stretched canvas
Year: 2022

The Chincherinchee fynbos flower is a bulbous flower that is endemic to the Cape province of South Africa.  The name of the flower is a translation of the Afrikaans name for the species:  Tjienkerientjie, which refers to the sound made by the smooth stalks rubbing together in the wind.  The flowers have a strong, sweet fragrance.  They bloom in Summer and I see them often when I walk on Table Mountain – especially on the lower slopes of Lion’s Head. 

During early Summer in Cape Town, the mountains explode with pink Geranium flowers! I could not resist capturing them in oil paint.

In this painting I used bold colours and free brush strokes to depict the Chinkerinchees and Malvas.

This work is part of my “Response series”.

“Response” is a series of oil paintings created from a place of abundance and deep gratitude.  The lyrics of the song “Gratitude”, by Brandon Lake, resonate with me: “I’ve got one response, I’ve got just one move…”. 

I have but one response to abundance and goodness – and that is a thankful life.
Every brush stroke comes from within and is intuitively applied to the canvas as an act of thankfulness. Each artwork an anthem of praise. I find pleasure in expressing my gratitude in this way.  

As the fynbos in creation brings praise to its Creator by being what it is: plants that grow, flower, and flourish in all conditions – so I will bring praise by being who I am created to be: an artist. 

My art is my gratitude.