I was born in Cape Town . I attended primary school at Loreto Convent in the Strand, near Cape Town. My parents then moved to Durban, where I graduated from high school.
After that I did a 3-year course in Commercial Art and Design in Durban. I worked in the advertising field in Durban for a few years, and then in 1966, spent 6 months hitch-hiking across Europe with a South African friend, Rita Claassen!
On returning to SA, we both joined the youth group "Springbok Stampede" (the S African version of "Up With People") and travelled with them for 2 years. Here I met Jan Horn, who played the lead guitar in the group, and we were married in 1970. We moved to a farm, and there we brought up our 3 sons, Janneman, Murray and Brett.
The documentary "Point of departure" about our son
In many ways I feel that I had somehow been prepared, trained and made ready for Janneman's sudden death. The books I'd read, the friends who'd come my way, the things I'd discovered - all these things together enabled me to be strong and to encourage and inspire others at that difficult time. Chardin's "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings having a human experience" and the wisdom from "A Course in Miracles", they all had a part in my own growth.
In retrospect, it was as if I'd been part of a Plan - although I'd been unaware of any kind of preparedness beforehand... A humbling and awe-inspiring thought.
I now have my own studio on the farm, and I paint mostly in oils.
I love painting! (Jan says I'm addicted to it.) It can be so intensely satisfying, so rewarding, so uplifting - and so exasperating..... Salvador Dali said "Have no fear of perfection. You'll never reach it". So I can relax, and just enjoy painting!