Born 8 November 1956 in Port Elizabeth
Matriculated in 1974from Cillié High School – Port Elizabeth
During the period 1975 - 1977I obtained theNational Diploma in Sculpture - Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) (then College for Advanced Technical Education or CATE) under Sculptor Phil Kolbe.
In 1978I completed the Higher National Diploma in Sculpture (specializing in Terra Cotta) - Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) (then College for Advanced Technical Education) under sculptor Phil Kolbe and ceramicist Hylton Nel.
1979 – 1980 SANDF (National Service)
After completing my Basic orientation For 18 months during this two-year period I worked in the Sculpture Department of the military’s Shows & Exhibitions doing trophies and other relevant sculptures i.e. Busts & Relief Panels
1981 - Co-founderwith H.L.McDonald of MacAndré Foundry.
Extensive experience in downdraft kiln building, using anthracite as fuel, traditional lost wax investment casting, mould making & relevant disciplines
1982 – 1983 PACT (Provincial Arts Council of Transvaal)
I worked in the Props (Requisites) Department where I did my first larger than Life carvings in polystyrene seven meters tall for the opera Nabuccu as well as a variety of props and other theatre skills.
1983 – 1985 SANDF (Permanent Force)
During this 3.5 year period I worked in the Sculpture Department of the South African National Defence Force’s Department Shows & Exhibitions. One of my main sculptures of this time was a life-size Figure of a soldier in bronze in front of The Military Academy in Saldanha Bay. Another was a Para-bat Memorial of three half life-size Para-troopers in Bronze at their Battalion in Bloemfontein. During this period we also developed a bronze foundry for the SANDF to do it’s own trophies, busts and other sculptures.
1986– 1987 (July ’86 – June ’87) University of Pretoria(Fine Art Department)
I was employed as a Technical Assistant in Sculpture Department and worked under Prof Mike Edwards & Prof Nico Roos. During this time I worked in the Sculpture Department’s foundry and did numerous bronze castings (including work for well known sculptors Eduardo Villa, Maureen Quin, Johan van Heerden, Dorta Berner & Caroline van der Merwe)
1988 – 1996 Sets Etcetera (Co-owner & partner)
I was a Partner in small business that specialized in building theatre & TV sets & requisites.
1990 - 1991 Worked as freelance sculptor under Kobus de Beer on The Lost City Project at Sun City (carved the Palm Fronds of the big arches at Krugersdorp studios)
1993 -Lectured Part time in the Sculpture Department at the University of Pretoria.
1996 - 1997 Tshwane University of Technology (Lecturer in the Props (Requisites) Department. Entertainment Technology
1997 – to June 2013Creoterra Cc
I was a Partner in a small manufacturing business of Cement Fibre Pots and Garden Sculptures. It was my responsibility to design, sculpt and fabricate the complete range of pots, planters & garden sculptures. This included extensive research and production of rigid (fiberglass) mould making for the above products.
One of the highlights during this time was when our Pots & Planters was selected nationally by the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (Designers David Davidson & Raymond Hudson) and used in the annual South African stall at the Chelsea Flower Show (Royal Horticultural Society – RHS) 2006. South Africa won a gold medal.
During this time I also helped various sculptors (like Sculptors Suzanne du Toit & Marina Welsch) with mould making (Silicon, Polyurethane & fibre-glass) and Casting work in Cement, white cement, F/glass and various other materials. Also sculpted, moulded and made fibre-glass casts of three over life-size mythological figures (mermaid, Merman, sea turtle, Leopard, crocodile, etc.) for Fountains for Gallo Precast (Pretoria) to be exported and installed in Lubumbashi, DRC.
Carving big sculptures in polystyrene and polyurethane
Sculpting large sculptures in clay
Good knowledge and experience in Bronze-casting and all relevant skills e.g. patina, TIG welding, mould making (various materials), Fibre-glass casting and Cement Casting
Drawing – both realistic (art) as well as technical drawings.
Good management skills
Work under strict Client input based commissions
Work under very tight deadline date
Works well in certain collaborative projects
I am a sculptor (with a figurative style influenced by French Sculptor August Rodin)