In the series SHIFT her artwork is predominantly portraiture – close-ups on a monochrome background. She is applying her major influences – the systemic urge to understand human behavior and the beauty in expressive nuances. The series incorporate the use of contrast and good composition, creating bold, energetic and dramatic images. It is important that she captures a strong independent moment which evokes deeper meaning beyond the obvious visual.
The series is a celebration of different ethnic and contemporary dance forms. Taking inspiration from images which capture gesticulation, form and energy. The artist searches out the emotional connection which challenges and inspires her. In this series she strives to create and capture an atmosphere of tension and passion or calm, concentrated discipline. She is essentially interested in creating artwork that resonant with the audience to the same extent as her own passion and involvement in her work. It is the ability to evoke recollection, elicit response and conjure curiosity which inspires and drives her.
Working from models, prints, private people and photography. The artist strives to achieve a highly detailed and personal representation of her subject matter. Working out the compositional and aesthetical needs which capture and reinforce the personality and mood of the person, she seeks to evoke an image of expressive individuality.
Combining ink and pencil to create a superbly lighted, realistic and almost photographic series of illustrations of diverse ethnic tribes in Africa. The natural dignity, pride and strength of her subject matter is etched in their posture and faces. Young and old, all hide the secret of a truly real life which comes from heritage and tradition.
Inspired by the immense open space and wild animals that were a part of her childhood, the fascination for wildlife and the African bush were always part of her heritage. The deep respect for the culture, customs and sensitivities of the past are utilized to achieve an impactful experience using her attention to fine detail, stark contrast of black and white, applying subtle values and temperature shifts and many hours of observation and research.
Her intent is to focus on weaving together emotion and technical excellence, character and form. The human figure is an incomparable expression of beauty and an eternal challenge to capture or to replicate and she explores the human experience with all its diversity, individuality and substance.