'I did not become an artist...I am an artist by nature - Created in the image of my Father, who is the Creator of everything...' - Riek Jonker.
I was born in South Africa.
I grew up in the lush natural environment of Loch Vaal. Started drawing passionately at the age of 3 and wanted to be an artist at the age of 5. At school I always did well at art and was accepted into our national schools for art at age 16. 1988-1990 at 'Die Kruin' in Johannesburg and matriculated in Pretoria at 'Pro Arte'. Both schools specialized in teaching Art, Ballet, Music and Drama. My main subjects were Fine Art and Graphic Art. The teachers I would like to acknowledge are: Petri de Klerk, Fanus Bezuidenhout, Nola Strauss, Diek Grobler and Marcus Coetser.
Today I am a Medical Orthotist and Prosthetist, living and working in Brisbane, Australia. My occupation created opportunities for me and my family to see the world - we have been to Mozambique, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Singapore, and the United States, Pennsylvania and Ohio. The experiences I had contribute greatly to my creative library and I hope to reflect truth and love through my work.
I work mainly in oil on canvas, but really have no favourite medium or style, for that limits creativity.
'As water reflects a face, so the heart reflects the man'
Riek Jonker joined Pixels on December 12th, 2007.