Greg was born in Johannesburg in 1950. He has painted ever since
he can remember, to explore what he was seeing, thinking and
feeling, in visual form. The depth and subtlety of nature
(and of people) intrigue him. He has a bubbling urge to celebrate
this in some fashion that others can see.
Besides one short course in graphic techniques, he has had
only one hour of formal instruction: a watercolour lesson
when he was 9 years old. After the lesson, he borrowed from
his instructor a thick manual of watercolour techniques –
published in the forties – one of those
with the colour plates glued in place. For three months he
hung on to this tome, and worked through every exercise in
the book. He was hooked. Since then he has got to know and
like both acrylics and oils, and has tried out a number of
Without further instruction, Greg didn’t do much with
his painting until he was an engineering student, when he turned
to it to keep a balance with the left-brain work of his studies.
Since then, there has hardly been a time when he wasn’t
working on at least one painting, no matter what was happening
in his working career.
"I paint for different reasons: sometimes to celebrate
the grandeur of nature, sometimes to get involved in a mood
or a powerful moment. I am equally happy applying my intellect
to a design or painting simply to see what happens. No matter
how much planning goes into a painting, once I start, the
magic takes over and I slide into another realm of consciousness,
where words have no place. Just to be there is its own reward.
One thing that comes into all my work, I hope, is a sense
of positivity, of hope and of appreciation for goodness and
beauty. There is enough evil in the world without us having
to see it on canvas too."
Greg has held four one-man exhibitions: in 1978, ’82,
’85 and ’90, all in Cape Town. Examples of his
work are owned privately in Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia,
New Zealand, Austria and South Korea, as well as locally in South Africa.