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Born in South Africa,
and with a teaching diploma from Bulawayo,
she could not help but to give in to her life long passion for art.
A self taught ceramic sculptor who never gets enough time for painting and drawing although she passionately loves them in all their forms; oil painting, watercolour, life drawing, sketching, botanical drawings etc.
Although ceramic sculpting is what earns a living at the moment, it is her drawing ability that allows her to understand and decorate some of her sculptures so exquisitely. Often clay slabs become the medium for drawing, creating wonderful tiles with figures or fynbos themes.
Erna[0x1]s inspiration is drawn from nature, and specifically plants
The intricate detail of petals and leaves allow her to
express her natural enjoyment of detail in drawing.
Universal ethnic design has greatly influenced her design for the studio.
The life long search for self, being a woman and the challenge and joys of relationships and mythology
are the inspiration for her own work which includes pieces in bronze, ceramic and panels of various sizes.
Hornbill House Hermanus, 3rd I Gallery Cape Town, Dorp street Gallery Stellenbosch, Die Stijl Hermanus
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