Orange Pincushions and Watsionias

Title: Orange Pincushions and Watsonias (Response series)
Size: 1100 x 1100mm
Medium: Oil on stretched canvas
Year: 2022

In this large oil painting, I combined orange Pincushion Protea flowers with bright orange Watsonia flowers. The shapes and colours create impact and movement in this strong composition.

I often use Pincushion flowers in my art. I love the shapes that the needles on the flower heads create.

Watsonia flowers are especially close to my heart. (My first home as a baby, was in Watsonia Street in George, Western Cape.) I love the bright orange flames of Watsonia Tabularis that is so beautiful on Table Mountain.

“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.