Stella obtained a degree in Information Design from the University of Pretoria, followed by a degree in Marketing and English Literature.
After working at Market and Opinion Research International and the Financial Times in London for two year, she delved into the corporate design world in Gauteng. Her most rewarding graphic design position was to create marketing material for a NGO operating across Africa and the Middle East. The most daring would have to be starting her own design studio in 2012; and promptly moving to the Cape to be surrounded by mountains, fynbos and vineyards.
While still in the process of developing her creative voice, she enjoys the detailed style of botanical sketches. To add a bit of whimsy and a pop of color, Stella combines pen and ink illustrations with almost photo-realistic oil or acrylic paintings of birds and other creatures found in the Western Cape.