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W: 400mm x H: 300mm
W: 16" x H: 12"
Approx. Weight: 1kg
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This etching symbolises me as a young girl of around five years old, walking into the future with my guardian angel holding his hand over me in a protective manner, guiding me into the future, always beside me, everywhere I go. The dry desert landscape in the background symbolises something painful that happened to me when I was a young girl, but, luckily, I managed to walk away from it, leaving the pain and hurt behind me. The dry tree with the broken heart shape symbolises the universal theme of heartache and sorrow, something that happens to all of us at a certain time in our lifes...
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I liked drawing things from an early age - I remember trying to capture the beauty of the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, my country of birth when I was a mere four years old! I guess I can say I enjoy to create, whether it is an oil painting or an etching, it does not really matter what I am creating, as long as I enjoy what I am doing.
I think it is the whole process of being immersed in my work while creating it, my eyes see something, my heart gets a feeling for the subject and then, the final stage, my hands make the artwork. Life inspires me - people around me, wildlife in their wild surroundings, the beauty of God's creations - I try to capture this all in my art.
1994: Exhibited, as part of a group exhibition, at the Rendezvoux Art Gallery in Hartbeespoort.
2007, Oct: Exhibited, as part of a group exhibition at Portchie's "Fresh Talent" exhibition at his gallery in Pretoria.
2010, Aug: Were invited by "Die Kunshuys", Clanwilliam to be part of a group exhibition for the annual Flower Festival.
2010, Sept: Were invited by Anthea Delmotte to exhibit, as part of a group exhibition, at her gallery, Anthea Delmotte Gallery, in Piketberg.
2013, March: Exhibit my art and photography at the KKNK.
2013, May: Exhibited at SASA's (South African Society of Artists) Members 1 Exhibition
2013, Aug: Exhibited at SASA's (South African Society of Artists) Members 2 Exhibition
2013, Oct: Exhibit at SASA's 107th Annual Exhibition at Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Town.
2014, Jan: Exhibited, as part of a group exhibition, at D-Street Gallery in Stellenbosch.
2014, March: I held my first solo exhibition, "Moments" at the national arts festival, KKNK in Oudtshoorn.
2014, May: One of my seascapes, called "Deep" has been approved to appear, with other works of international artists, on screen at the 2nd floor of the Saatchi Gallery in London.
2014, July: Exhibited 8 Tiny Treasures measuring 20 x 20 cm each, at Art.b Gallery in Bellville as part of a group
exhibition to raise funds for the gallery.
2014, August: Exhibited at the "This is me" exhibition held by Art on Track, Calitzdorp.
2014, Sept: Exhibited my work at Wittedrift Manor House during the 4th Tulbagh Art Festival.
2015, April: "Land en See" solo exhibition at the KKNK.
May, 2015: My work was selected by a jury to be published in Internationale Kunst Heute 2015, launched at ARTMUC in Munich in May 2015. I was one of 127 carefully chosen contemporary artists from 48 countries.
August 2015: Solo exhibition in Langebaan.
Nov-Dec 2015: Exhibited at Trevisan International's "Tiny Treasures" exhibition in Bologna, Italy.
April, 2016: Exhibited at the KKNK in Oudtshoorn.
May, 2016: Exhibited at the Gauteng Fine Art Fair near Fourways.
July 2016: Exhibited at INNIBOS, Nelspruit.
I am currently preparing for a solo exhibition, "Sensuality" at R Café, 138 Longstreet, Cape Town - opening 27 August at 14:00. in .
BA (Art Direction) degree at PU for CHE (North West University)
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