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Riana Nel - "African Orphan"
Oil on Canvas
W: 710mm x H: 890mm x D: 40mm
This work is unframed
photo in newspaper
About "African Orphan"
During conversation the question of the situation prevailing in Darfur came up for discussion. I remembered having been captivated, some time before, by a telling photo depicting a helpless orphan from that land of, respectfully, "Have-nots" expectantly staring at one of the "Haves" of society (as one would think) for sustenance. I sought to recapture that pitiful and forlorn, yet potent, image.
(Maria Johanna) At a stage in my life I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and was at the height of my career being a very successful Financial Adviser in the old Transkei - a place whose rural people and ambiance I grew to love. I had to stop working because of this illness and after months sitting at home, I decided to take art lessons rather than indulging in self-pity and as I am a very creative person. That was approximately 15 years ago and I love to express my inner most being in the form of color. My illness has never progressed to a very bad stage because as an artist I sometimes work 15 hours per day. My art has been a healing experience for me. My greatest inspiration is derived from the Impressionists - of whom Cezanne and Van Gogh stand out for me, personally. I hope the viewer will relate to my experience and enjoy the adventure of Art with me. Please feel free to contact me for any commissions etc. I paint them from photographs and any commissions are welcome. . If you double click on my
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