This was my first order for 2016,  a scene on the road from Knapdaar to our farm Silvermere. A view of the valley looking north over the game farm, Grootevallei. The painting was to be a gift for the regular hunter from Sweden, Carl Piper. DSC00551

Aloes, colour in the winter.

This painting was inspired by the wonderful sea of red, of aloes flowering in July on our quick trip to PE. It sold on the day it was posted on Facebook:   Facebook.-

Aloe Ferox

Beautiful Aloes flowering alongside the road near Cookhouse.

Our July 2015 Trans-Karoo trip. -Paintings, part one.

It is about eight years since our last trip through our beloved karoo. So we took a short two day trip from, Colesburg to Hopetown, Prieska, Vanwyk’s Vlei, Canarvon and Loxton, where we spent the night. The next day we meandered home via Three Sisters, Murraysburg, Richmond, Middleburg and Steynsburg. The main purpose of the trip, was to find painting inspiration & to take a new batch of photos. It was a lovely trip, and these few are the first batch of paintings. More will follow in due course.

Karoo Dawn

Dawn on the road between Colesburg & Philipstown.

Deserted Farmhouse

Derelict Farm House

Gravel road

The Road Ahead, near Hopetown.

Karoo Windmill.

Lonely Windmill, near Prieska.

House Ruin

Love this old ruin, near Van Wyksvlei. It could make a perfect stage set.

Just for something quite different, – A seascape.

With our sadly oppressive drought, it is soothing to contemplate a peaceful seascape. This was from a beautiful photograph taken by my friend, Riana, who lives on this beautiful coast near Mossel Bay. It inspired me to paint this sea scene in oils.

Springer Bay Seascape


Windmills of the Karoo

Silvermere Windmill

Windmill sketch

When windmills propel gently through the breezes in lazy rotations, or spin frenetically facing into the strong winds that sweep across the karoo plains, I am often mesmerized by them. They knit together the vast expanses of earth and sky, in perfect stately harmony. Like elegant sentinels, windmills tower over the vast expanses of veld that surround them. They have held a deep fascination for me ever since I first settled here many years ago, and have featured quite prominently in most of the karoo landscape paintings I’ve done over the years. Here are 3 small veld scenes and one rough sketch, to add to the catalogue of windmill studies done time and again.

Windmill with Teebus & Koffiebus.

Teebus & Koffiebus with windmill.

Windmill view over Dreunberg

Dreunberg Windmill

Karoo farm view with windmill

Farm road & windmill.