The artist grew up in Pretoria, after which she obtained a diploma in Graphic Design at the art school of the Cape Town Technikon, with distinctions in drawing, graphic art and history of art.
Her career started as an illustrator in an advertising agency in Cape Town. Her first international exposure was in 1979, when some of her work was included in a watercolour exhibition in West Germany, with other South African artists like Walter Battiss, Maud Sumner, Adolph Jentsch and Andrew Verster.
Her involvement in illustrating children’s books, which later extended to poetry and other books, began in the early 1980’s and now stretches over about 150 books. “The interchange between painting and illustrating works well for me. I am often inspired by the printed word, be it a children’s story, a poem, or Scripture.”
She uses a variety of media and techniques, such as ink, charcoal, mixed media, oil, acrylics, pastel and watercolour.
Her work has been exhibited all over South Africa, with solo exhibitions in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Oudtshoorn and Kimberley.
Some International Exhibitions
• Watercolours in West Germany at the International Aquarelle Exhibition.
• Illustrations at various Book Shows in Belgium, Canada, Italy, Japan, the Slovak Republic and the Czech Republic.
• Illustrations from the book Woordreise were on a travelling exhibition in Japan during 2007.
• Four works toured Italy as part of the Sacred Art Exhibition in 2008.
Artwork selected for exhibition in Iran in 2009.
Some National Awards
• The Katrine Harries Medal for illustrations in 1985 for two books.
• The M.E.R. Medal in 1988 for illustrations.
• The ATKV Award for illustrators in 1993, 1997 and 2000.
• Merit award : NOMA Concours (UNESCO), Tokyo, Japan 1994 for illustrations in Die Wit Vlinder (Corlia Fourie).
• Bronze medal and Runner-up award : NOMA Concours (UNESCO), Tokyo, Japan 2005 for illustrations in a volume of poetry, Woordreise.