I was lucky as a teenager to have two famous South African artists teach me painting at Pretoria Boys High School – Larry Scully and Walter Battiss.
Through them I was taught a new way of looking at things.
Both Scully and Battiss urged me to pursue a career as a fine artist.
But after three years at art school I chose a different path – advertising.
And advertising was good to me – I rose to the top in a career that culminated in being inducted into the SA Creative Directors Hall of Fame.
I was the first South African creative to judge the Cannes Advertising Festival and receive a Gold Lion at same.
Along the way I helped build big consumer brands for the likes of South African Breweries (now part of AB InBev), Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Plascon and many others.
Some of the commercials I thought up and executed you may remember – Mercedes Benz Chapman’s Peak, the Continental Tyres roof ad, the hedgehog TV ad for Mercedes Benz, the squirrel TV ad for Trust Bank, Middelburg Steel ice hockey…
And then I retired.
That was when I finally took Scully’s and Battiss’s advice – I started painting again.
I paint things that I love – the African bush and landscapes. I use acrylic on canvas. My work speaks for itself.