Being an artist was a natural decision.
I was born and raised in suburban Harare,
Zimbabwe. My dad was an entomologist, studying tick borne diseases, specifically
heartwater disease. Much time was spent in the bush, around zebras, elephants
and antelopes, with an occasional lion or hippopotamus.
His work took us to Kenya in 1988 and
Gainesville, Florida in 1990.
Travel became a part of growing up.
Savannah, Georgia was my next step; I attended
the Savannah College of Art and Design. It was in this hot, historic, humid
environment that I focused my creativity. I immersed myself in painting,
printmaking and illustration. After completing my B.F.A. studies, a change was
I now live in a little house on a hill in
Raleigh, North Carolina, and work out of my Artspace studio located in downtown
My oil paintings and drawings are filled with
people and animals. I work in an ever-changing series, with a dynamic cast of
My paintings take advantage of humor.
(The absurd rears its ugly head.)
The process is as important as the artwork
My work is changing and dynamic.
Tumultuous materials explode in a rush of energy.
Elements of the familiar arise with the
repetition of characters and situations.
Familiar actions and themes surface as the pieces
Business vs. life
King vs. subjects
Surprise and outrage
Painting becomes an examination of relationships.
Hieronymous Bob quintessential modern man. He
is a sedentary, beer swilling, T.V. watching, typical American consumer.
His blank expression of surprise is a reaction to
Mad cow i.e. T bone reactionary,
revolutionary. Outraged at the current health care situation. Works at a job he
Pigs pensive and particular. They enjoy
wallowing in their own filth.
Kats generally disinterested except in matters
Birds often taken to flights of fancy.
Elephants - large and in charge.
Rhinos - really get rambunctious. Good
at making a point.
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