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I appreciate all facets of life, the beauty of creation in all its diversity- so paint people (expressive faces & those that tell a story) flowers, landscapes, cats are a particular love also. Enjoy colour & texture, so oils is preferred medium though have worked in acrylic & watercolor, as well as sculpture in clay. Have been commissioned to do murals, landscapes again with the feeling of traveling into the picture. Often have a spiritual message in the subject matter and have written short notes as I have meditated on the artwork afterward. Being creative is very therapeutic for me and I know others that it has helped to be set 'free', so believe in the means of expressing one's inner self.
December 2000 -1st Solo, then each year thereafter joint exhibitions at Hermanus Art Society, Vermont Art Circle and with Group of 12 Women artists (Book Club) The latter ones generally with a theme & in 2008 exhibited "Miniatures". Also in recent years has taken part in exhibitions held at Liebrecht Gallery, Somerset West & Marsh Rose Mall, Grabouw, 4ArtSake Gallery, Hermanus & La Vierge Winery & Restaurant. Latest commissions by Dept of Tourism, Western Cape.October 2010 exhibition as part of the Vermont Art Circle at Hornbill Gallery, Hemel-en-Aarde Village, Hermanus. My 2nd solo exhibition was held at Bellini Gallery, Main Road, Hermanus 10 years after my first. from 3 to 12 December 2010. The theme I chose, "People & Places" expressed my main emphasis & I was able to paint portraits of the people with whom I work daily plus friends in the community on Volmoed where I live & work. I was able to bless the staff by giving them their portraits as a Christmas gift - the joy & laughter that brought was very special. The official opening on 3 December was well attended & great fun with several sales also. We were all pleased with the outcome but not sure that I feel like painting right now!!!!!
I have recently joined the South African Society of Artists as a country member and participated in 3 exhibitions in 2012 at Kirstenbosch, the latter being the Annual Selection based one. During 2013, I have once again participated in their 2 Members exhibition and had one piece chosen for the Annual show in October. Bellini Gallery, Hermanus curently have small paintings of local people on display. My 3rd Solo is on at The Mission's House Gallery, de Villiers Street, Onrus, called 'TREES'. A series of trees painted from various place I visited over the past 18 months, with some experiments in technique & other media. Found inspiration from photos taken by my 2 daughters and other friends and of course on the farm in the beautiful valley where we live. Currently, am part of a group of five exhibition with the theme "Connections" at Mission's House gallery, Onrus. During this year, we have met monthly to paint together in my studio and experimented with portraits as we have included a Self Portrait in this exhibition, which did prove a challenge for some. We had a great crowd on opening night and look forward to sharing more experiences. Now 2014 - continue to help others with painting techniques on 2 afternoons a week and suring the Hermanus FynArts Festival (6---16 June) I conducted 2 workshops here on Volmoed: Colour mixing & development & Negative Spaces using Still life. I took part in a joint exhibition of works during the Kalfiefees (August) held in the foyer of Hermanus Municipal Auditorium. A recent commission during 2015, was to paint an 8 metre canvas with one of the Stations of the Cross to be erected with the other 13, in the Human Rights Centre/Palestine Museum in Cape Town. After an interesting and enlightening trip to Palestine in June, I elected to paint "Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem". It has already been on display at a conference in Johannesburg and hopefully the completion of the building & official unveiling of all will take place in next few months.
I continue to have others join me in the Artroom here for advice, guidance, demos & general instruction. I have undertaken to do Chalkboard work at 2 venues in Hermanus and participate in the annual Kalfiefees exhibition, last year I assisted in organising this. Several small galleries have examples of my works- Missions House Gallery, Onrus, Pure South, Main Road, Bellini Gallery and The Bistro -all in Hermanus plus the Plaaskombuis recently requested tractors and other farm type paintings for their Farmstall/restaurant.
I have also joined the WCAS (Western Cape Art Society) which meets in Somerset West and took part in the January exhibition at Harold Porter, Bettys Bay.
Senior Certificate Art, various art courses through the years
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