Who are you and what do you do?

I’m a South African artist – born in Durban, I’ve moved all over the beautiful South Africa, spending time in areas from the Kalahari, Karoo, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

I started painting as a child, trained as a teacher and now work in the financial sector and just love to paint.

What inspires your work?

The elements that inspire me have changed over the years.  I see myself as an observer. The process of observing brings responses lifting one’s heart or stirring sadness.

For some time now reflections and negative space became my focus point.  When painting, don’t we all try to capture what we experience and feel and stick that to the canvas?

How do you work?

I prefer painting scenes that I have seen myself.  First observing the area, then taking photos and using photos my husband took as reference.

I’ve done some plein air painting for smaller works and murals on commission but I mainly work at home.

How is your personality reflected in your work?

I have hope and trust in God. My goal is to show Gods joy and peace in my work. It lifts up my heart to see how beautiful His creation is and I see His hand in everything.

How has your work changed over time?

Trying to learn by reading and painting with friends have helped me grow as an artist. Once a week a small group of us paint with Johan Coetzee, a well known professional artist in South Africa.

What is your favorite art work?

This has changed over the years. Currently, I love work done by Brent Cotton, Richard Robinson and Ignatius Marx.

How would you describe your own style?

The style I work in varies between realism and impressionism.  Not just copying an object but interpreting it, adding a bit of drama.

© 2017 Claudette
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