Born in 1967 in Delmas (Mpumalanga), Francois Jooste had no formal training but showed an early talent for drawing and painting. He grew-up in Mapumalanga and moved to Pretoria in 1988 where he currently lives. When he won an art competition in 2001 with his first painting ever, he pursued his love of painting. He was inspired by French Impressionist Monet and Munro and Nic van Rensburg from South Africa but believes that it is an God’s given talent. He sold his first painting in 2006 and many more after that. Since September 2008, he has held a lot of exhibitions in Pretoria and Johannesburg. Today, Francois is known for his figurative and floral works as well as portraits and commissioned artwork are proudly displayed by owners across South Africa. He paints only in Oils and his subject matter varies widely ranging from Landscapes, Seascapes, Wildlife, Figure Studies, Flower Studies, Still Life, Steam Engines. Sizes of paintings vary from Small works to Large.