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René Snyman is a young professional artist living and working in Johannesburg. Growing up on a Kalahari farm near Upington, her close interaction with nature shaped her remarkable powers of intimate observation. Since discovering her drawing talent as a young child, René dedicated herself to working hard and developing her skills.
Initially self-taught, she received her first formal training at the Orange Girls High School in Bloemfontein under Marion Barnard, still a mentor and close friend of the artist. She went on to study fine arts at the Free State Technikon and in 2002 moved to Johannesburg to pursue her career as professional artist.
With the confidence and skill allowed by her superb naturalistic drawing technique, René is now experimenting with oils and mixed media, her latest canvasses bursting with energetic brushstrokes and colours.
Her paintings explore the effects of light on various surfaces like soil, skin or water and the interplay between different temperatures of colours. Her subject matter is nature, people and landscapes and the artist draws inspiration from nature, her childhood and her daily life's experience. She aims to draw attention to the beauty of creation with in-your-face compositions, never depicting nature as something far away.
She says: "I like to fill my surface with the subject and display it properly, to force people to see God's creation in a new way."
She has a special affinity for portraits, for conveying the subtle messages and emotions people communicate through their eyes and gestures.
On finishing a work of art, René distances herself from it so that it may fulfill it's purpose. "The purpose of my work is to bless others, to feed their hunger for beauty and to communicate something of God that must change their lives. To be able to understand my work one must not look at what it is but for what it communicates."
Written by Alette de Beer
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