Mother kept an A3 cut-and-paste reproduction of Paul Kruger on the dining room side cabinet. Pinned to the picture was a certificate saying, "James Doyle, Grade 2 - Runner-up"; my first encounter with the art world.
I cannot remember taking art in school, it just wasn't part of the curriculum. At an all-boys school in the middle of Boksburg we studied mathematics and science in the mornings and played rugby and cricket in the afternoons. After twelve long years at school I studied civil engineering. The stereotypical artist was frowned upon, "You'll never make any money doing that!" For the next 30 years I continued art as a silent hobby.
Currently I paint in oils on canvas. I have painted in acrylics and love drawings with pens, pencils, charcoal and pastels. I paint most anything from portraits to still life to landscapes - mostly realistic. Now, I am attempting to 'loosen up' my art; to explore impressionism, cubism and whatever else may come to mind. Art is so much to do with looking and understanding.
This is a journey only just beginning.