From a very young age Este showed an interest for fine arts. This inspired her to study formally under Casper Steenkamp, Ben Botha and Prof A.A.F Treurlinckt at the University of the Free State. Her career developed from her desire to express her creative abilities. She paints her dream world , giving expression to her views and beliefs. The images in her art is how she sees the world and the characters that live in her imagination. Este held her first solo exhibition in 1981. This was the beginning of many national and international exhibitions.
Impressionism means the total impression of the eye and soul, a fleeting instant in time which is caught on canvas, the atmosphere, the movement, the colour and the light. This is what Este strives for in her work. Este now works in oils, acrylics and glaze. Her work reflects a shared experience of that which lies beyond reality. She paints romantic dream worlds, she uses diverse media to express herself. Her technique is a happy fusion of impressionism and contemporary paint applications. She makes no attempt to comment or reflect on social trends and values. Este's work can be found in many collections all over South Africa, Namibia and she also exhibited in Taipei, USA.