Hennie was born in Bloemfontein in 1941. He attended school and university in the same city, where he qualified as a teacher. His career as a professional artist started in 1983. His approached is strongly influenced by the character and mood of the subject he is portraying.
Hennie’s inspiration comes from the local environment – farm laborers harvesting wheat or picking fruit, fynbos pickers collecting bouquets of indigenous flowers and fisher folk sorting their catch.
Hennie works mainly in oils and sometimes uses pastels over the oils in a mixed media on paper.