Q: You were born in Zimbabwe; what are your childhood memories of growing up there?
A: How we use to play certain childhood games actually, I use to make cars from wires, and I was so good at doing that (I guess I was a creative from a very tender age)
Q: What schools did you attend in Zimbabwe and was school an enjoyable time for you? If not, why not?
A: I did my Primary school at Chivhu Primary School and my Secondary School at Liebenberg High School and that’s where I started studying Art. I later enrolled for an Arts Degree at Chinhoyi University of Technology. I can’t say I enjoyed my University years because I didn’t get what I expected. Upon enrollment, I thought it was Art throughout, but I never painted at University. I had more of theory and somehow, I’m glad I did have that.
Q: Were your talents recognised early by your teachers and if so, can you remember any that had a particular influence on you.
A: Yes, I would say they were recognised early during my first year at Secondary level. My first art teacher Mr. Obrien Bill has been much of an influence even up to this day.
Q Being an artist as a career – was this always the dream?
A: I would confidently say I wanted it as a career from a significantly younger age. I had a career as a Graphic Designer after I graduated from University, had to abandon it in 2018 and since then, I have been painting for a living.
Q: Who inspired you artistically as a child
A: This is hard, I must say. I would say my uncle actually, who is a carpenter. He teaches carpentry also. He used to make sketches of cars, and I remember I used to trace those as a child.
Q: What is your creative process like?
A: I do have such a flexibility of mind. When creating, I usually don’t know where I’m going to wind up or the difficulties I will encounter. I start working and from that moment everything begins to flow. But honestly, this is a difficult process, I must say.
Q: Tell me about the first time you saw your artwork on a gallery wall.
A: On a gallery wall, no actually, I haven’t been there, but I hope to. When I see my paintings nicely framed, the feeling is out of this world, hanged in clients homes
. It shows your work is appreciated. I’m never satisfied with my job, actually, so when I see my work hanging somewhere, it shows I’m on the right path.
Q: where has your Art been displayed? What venues most excited you?
A: I haven’t had such a privilege, but I hope soon I will have a tale to tell.
Q: how do you feel the internet has impacted the Art industry?
A: it has in many ways, actually how artists perceive many things. Id say it’s hard to make Art nowadays have so much work to compare with on the internet. It’s hard to actually follow your path with so much work that tends to be doing well than yours. As a marketing tool, the internet has done so much for the Art Industry.
Q: What is the biggest life lesson you have learned?
A: Artistically following my path, being happy is a priority, and loving what I do.
Q: What is one message you would give young aspiring artists?
A: There is no such thing as an overnight success. It’s a hard road. You learn from your mistakes. That’s your biggest experience.
Q: What would you be doing right now if it wasn’t for your current career?
A: Graphic Designer
Q: What is the best advice you
ve been given?
A: for me, it has to be a Henri Matisse quote: “An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, medium, etc.
Q: If you could change anything in the art industry, what would it be?
A: How people, especially back home, perceive Abstract Art.
Q: What difference has Covid made to your life
A: I was unable to ship certain paintings because of the pandemic. Very few inquiries also hoping things will improve.
Q: what do we need to do as a community to support young and upcoming artists that are based all over the world? What in your experience would you make a difference?
A: they need to be supported, schools should have art classes at the very beginning of childrens education only then can we know how to support them. In my experience, my former school Liebenberg High School no longer teaches Art because they are saying art supplies are expensive. There is a need for schools to have a budget for Art and also the school authorities should also consider it as they do any other subject.