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W: 510mm x H: 650mm x D: 1mm
W: 20" x H: 26" x D:
Approx. Weight: 1kg
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I was challenged by an invitation to exhibit with a group of artists and the theme was, 'portraits'. As I usually paint flowers and other botanical matter, the sea etc. I incorporated my love of flowers and sea into my portrait. Tarita was the beautiful Tahitian wife of Marlon Brando. They met and fell in love when the film 'Mutiny on the Bounty' was made in Tahiti. Although this is not a portrait of Tarita, I used her name.
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I live on the Bluff in Durban and due to the Bluff's elevation, it has the most spectacular sea views and this is the inspiration for all my seascapes. Durban is sub-tropical and has a lucious growth of beautiful flowering shrubs and trees. One does not have to go far, to be inspired to paint. I enjoy design, colour and texture to create an effect. Sometimes I paint the same flower in three different sizes, to be exhibited together. Ultimately I am a "design" artist, if that makes any sense.
Creating an effect with oversized botanical paintings gives the home and work environment a luxurious, tropical aura. My art is an extention of my womanhood and desire to create a tranquil and inspiring, living and working space. The objective I pursue in my art is harmony and peace.
Besides botanical subjects I love the Indian Ocean and it's different moods. Our huge azure sea with endless blue African skies, framed by massive Strelitzia Nicolai. The former bearing pods of white flowers that resemble mysterious, big white birds.
COMMISSIONS: I am willing to take on commissions of all subjects and lately have an interest in painting pets - see 'Princey' who is my latest. Like people, pets have their own personality and I try to capture this elusive quality.
I sometimes feel like a cross between a Victorian botanist and Claude Monet - stalking nature with a paintbrush. The absolute beauty of, one flower, drives me.
On request, a very limited edition of Giclee prints are available.
Galleries: Work is currently on exhibition at KZNSA Gallery in Durban. Tomasa Gallery in Durban. Cape Gallery, Cape Town.
Elizabeth Gordon Gallery, Durban.
Cape Gallery, Cape Town.
Group exhibitions: Twelve at KZN Gallery, Durban.
Contemporary Showcase KZN Gallery Designers Guild at Natal Technicon, Durban.
Mount Edgecombe Interior Decorators exhibition, Durban.
Classic Gallery, Ramsgate.
Tomasa Gallery, Durban.
ArtSpace, Durban.2008 Graphics, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban.
Cape Gallery:Group Wildlife exhibition (2009)
Artspace, Durban - (2009)
Cape Gallery:Group Wildlife exhibition (2010)
Artspace, Durban - (2010)
NSA - Collaborative annual exhibition (2011)
Artspace collabrative: (2011)
KZNSA Gallery Annual Members exhibition (2012)
ARTSPACE: Annual Collabrative (2012)
KZNSA Gallery - Annual members exhibition (2013)
South African Botanical Art Print Show 2013 CAPE TOWN
The Studio Kalk Bay - Botanical Print Exhibition 2013 Cape Town
Artspace Durban - 2013
Artspace Durban - 2014
BELLVUE GALLERY - 2014
CAPE GALLERY - CAPE TOWN - WILDLIFE EXHIBITION 2014
CAPE GALLERY - CAPE TOWN - WILDLIFE EXHIBITION 2015
CAPE GALLERY - CAPE TOWN - WILDLIFE EXHIBITION 2016
LONGMYND GALLERY - HILLCREST - SPRING EXHIBITION 2015
ARTSPACE DURBAN - COLLABRATIVE CHRISTMAS EXHIBTION 2016
KZNSA GALLERY - MEMBERS EXHIBITION 2017
KZNSA GALLERY - MEMBERS EXHIBITION 2018
KZNSA GALLERY - MEMBERS EXHIBITION 2019
Corporate: International Bank Vaults, Mercedes Benz
International private collections: Sydney, Texas, London, Lisbon, Spain, The Algarve, Egypt, France.
Galleries: Work currently on exhibition at KZNSA Gallery Durban. Tomasa Gallery Durban. The artist's studio. The South African Print Gallery, Cape Town. Longmynd Gallery Hillcrest.
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