Philanie Jooste enrolled for a BA in Fine Arts at the University of Pretoria in 1993 but decided to pursue her other passion – words – by serving as both news and article editor at the student newspaper, Die Perdeby, and completing an honours degree in publishing. This was followed by a two-year adventure in Edinburgh. After returning from Scotland, she worked for a newspaper, a book distribution company, an educational NGO and a small publisher, before starting her own publishing business in 2013. She worked alongside Hermann Niebuhr at his Lillian Road Studio in Fordsburg between 2017 and 2019. This was where she was introduced to bitumen as a medium. She started mixing oil with bitumen on canvas in her final year with Hermann. Jooste participated in a group exhibition with fellow studio artists at the Lilian Road Studio in 2019 and has since taken part in nine group exhibitions.