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

I love to paint Everlasting flowers. Everlastings are called Sewejaartjies, meaning seven years. This refers to the fact that these flowers can last a very long time when dried. In nature, they make the loveliest shapes, lines, and negative spaces to use in an artwork! And I love to find them in nature. These flowers grow in the high, sandy areas on the Saddles area of Table Mountain.

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.