mila works in oil on canvas, in a fairly realistic style. her work is predominantly figurative. she is endlessly fascinated by human social interaction, in all its complexity, and the subtle clues conveyed in body language- how a bag is clutched, a shoulder turned, an eyebrow arched.as is often the case with portraits, the characters inhabiting her paintings reveal and conceal in equal measure. one has the sense of having stumbled upon a private moment, the subjects caught off guard, the poses accidental rather than posed, and the focus shifting from the beaming smile to the stifled yawn. the effect is simultaneously random and intimate.the paint application is tactile, with brush strokes varying between sharp focus and blurred lines and the underlying process is often left visible in places. the subjects appear in pared down settings, sometimes to the extent of abstraction, with focused detail in some areas, while others are left almost undone.mila lives and works with her family on their farm in stellenbosch.