Phillipina studied in Pretoria and obtained her Diploma in Architecture. She also worked as a draughtswoman for 20 years. Phillipina has always loved art, but only when her children reached high school, did she decide to start painting. In 2017 Phillipina attended classes with well-known South African artist Frans Cronje, for 4 years. She wishes to paint the human figure, especially the beauty and femininity of women, realism is not an option, as she likes dreamlike work with muted colours and lots of glazes.