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Marittie de Villiers
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I grew up and matriculated in Potchefstroom and earned my degree B.A. (Communication) from Potchefstroom University. Travelled between 1994-2003. By land- Egypt, USA, southwest, and Midwestern states-special interest Art and Native American Reservations. By sea on a yacht- South America, Caribbean Chain up to Bahamas and again USA on the East side. Live south of Washington for a year or so and sailed south again- to the Caribbean. Faces fascinate me endlessly. Creating emotions and atmosphere through the use of colour in the human face and figure are the most important elements in my paintings. I make flat-surface "MOVIES" when I paint. I become the figure, the emotions and landscape of thoughts. My memory serves me well in remembering people and the atmosphere while experiencing situations. I easily recall the smell of the turqoise Caribbean Sea, the atmosphere of a busy street in Cairo, the easy-going but mysterious sounds of a foreign language. The excitement of hearing a mix of Dutch-Portuguese-English, Cerveja on my lips, the feverish humidity of walking in Fortaleza, Brazil. The human being in all it's aspects interests me. I am attracted to the exotic, the gypsum, and passionate side of life. Light and dark is often used to create tension and a strong feeling. I enjoy painting the old and young, pretty and less pretty...I live and work from Somerset West, South Africa
BA (Communication)-Potchefstroom University. Self taught artist
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