From the day I could put pencil to paper I started drawing and loved it. During my school years I repeatedly won 1st prize at the annual ‘Zululand Agricultural Show’.
My dream was to study ‘commercial art’ after finishing school. During my matric year I was introduced to Diamond Bozas, who encouraged me to pursue art as a career. Being a typical small town farm girl this was not to be. I secured a job at the local bank and then stopped working while starting my family.
I joined Diamond’s once a week art classes. These visits became a lifesaver. Being on a tight budget, I started out with approximately 8 tubes of oil paints, 3 brushes and Masonite boards prepared by me. I treasure my very 1st oil painting of 2 apples, which hangs in my kitchen today. A big thank you to Diamond, who is 94, for continuing to encourage me.
Later, with a set of watercolours and another 3 brushes, I attended a workshop held by Marj Bowan on the South Coast, where I was like a sponge, soaking up all that Marj taught us.
It was an extreme privilege to have continued living and raising my family on the family farm near Eshowe. We shared and chatted en route through our beautiful countryside. One day we would have a watercolour sky the next was an oil painting scene. The dramatic skies were always a WOW!
In 2014, after discovering that my husband, Mike’s, health coped better at sea level, we moved to Mtunzini. Being a full time carer for Mike replaced me being a bookkeeper. My art continues to be a hobby.
Mike’s dream is to see his 3 girls pursuing art. So, our daughters, Shelley Mattinson and Theresa van der Vyver will work from the studio as well. The studio is wheel chair friendly and there is a toilet on the premises.
We hope to share our art and the beautiful view from our studio with visitors to Mtunzini. It being a working studio this will need to be by appointment only. Please do not hesitate to give us a call.
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