Friday, October 6, 2017

RMS Arundel Castle Swansong

The departure of the Arundel Castle from Cape Town on 5th December 1958 not only marked the swansong of an elegant liner, but the finale of the era of the “Four-Stackers”.

Acrylic on Cotton 76 x 90cm

Monday, August 14, 2017

Fynbos Fantasia

Acrylic on Cotton 76 x 92 cm

Friday, August 11, 2017

Stanford Stud Farm

Acrylic on cotton
73 x 90cm

Longing and Hoping

Acrylic on cotton
34 x 40cm

Friday, April 28, 2017

"Aloe, Aloe"

Proudly Capetonian
25 x 25cm Acrylic on board

Rocks and Restios

A view from the Twelve Apostles.
25 x 25 cm Acrylic on board

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Technology Allsorts

An assortment of items from a 1930's Art Deco radio to a sweetie jar lit by its solar panel lid. Acrylic on Cotton 86 x 150 cm

Friday, September 9, 2016

Valiant Attempt

On July 28th 1977 a north-west gale was whipping up the sea around Cape Town when the captain of a small Japanese tug Kiyo Maru 2 approached Table Bay towing two derelict tankers Antipolis and Romelia, bound for scrapyards in the Far East. Cape Town’s Port Captain advised the Japanese tug not to enter Table Bay as the weather was worsening and there was the worry that the two tankers would not have enough sea room. With the north-wester blowing harder than ever, the towrope between the tug and the Antipolis snagged on the sea bed as the convoy approached Robben Island. All attempts to free it failed, during which time the Romelia surged ahead and finally broke free, followed by the Antipolis, watched helplessly from the tug still firmly snagged on the sea bed, eventually freeing herself by severing the snagged cable with cutting torches. The two tankers now drifted freely towards the Cape Peninsula coastline spurred on by high wind and mountainous seas, and at this stage the Deep Sea Tug SA Wolraad Woltemade (seen here) was dispatched and raced to the closest tanker Antipolis to make a valiant attempt to attach the tanker’s stern rope and prevent her running aground. Before this could happen, "Wolly", as she was affectionately known, touched bottom on flat rocks and had to depart as her fuel tanks had been ruptured, ultimately requiring dry docking. Consequently, the Antipolis ran aground at Oudekraal with her bow pointing south, and the Romelia grounded on Sunset Rocks at Llandudno a few kilometres further south, their respective final resting places. Both derelict tankers had escaped the impersonal scrapping process in the Far East, a sad fate "Wolly" would not be spared, when in 2010 she was unceremoniously dismantled piecemeal on an Indian beach.

Acrylic on canvas 76 x 101cm

Friday, June 17, 2016


Companion piece for Groot Constantia Dusk
Acrylic on canvas 76 x 91cm
Commission (sold)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Peace, Hope and Survival

It's been 4 years since I last visited this special place, and when commissioned to create a painting of this scene, I offered to take the buyer there, but due to one of the most devastating fires the area has seen last year, I hoped that some of it might have escaped being destroyed. As we approached, the burnt out fynbos bore witness to the damage done, but as we approached the area we were greeted by the most beautiful Crassula with the iconic Table Mountain butterfly fluttering nearby. As we climbed the final rock face, we were met by a scene of beauty, completely pristine, with all the fynbos intact and having survived the ferocity of the flaming apocalypse. The only casualty was a Watsonia, from natural causes, but I am told it is now being naturally replaced by a new one.

Acrylic on cotton 85 x 150cm
Commission (sold)