About Rooiduin Tranquillity:
Each day brings new hope for change. The possibility of relationships restoring, health improving, dreams actualising. May each sunrise renew your hope of a better future to come.
Anja Botes, a full-time artist currently residing in Malmesbury, was born in Somerset West in 1996. From a young age she had a passion for art and wanted to become a full-time artist. It, therefore, came as no surprise that her first exhibition was at Rialto in 2005, at the age of eight.
Reflecting on her journey as an artist, Anja recalls that it was in 2012, that she first fell in love with Impressionism. The ability to capture light and atmosphere left her in awe. Up until this day she still draws inspiration from this time period.
Growing up by the sea cultivated a deep admiration in her for the ocean. Anja enjoys working towards capturing its essence. She is most at ease when surrounded by nature and often draws inspiration from it, being captivated by its untainted splendour.
Throughout her career Anja has been recognised on numerous occasions for her artworks. In 2014, she received the painting practical subject prize at the art school P.J. Olivier. While studying at Stellenbosch University, she achieved a first place in the KuKo Photography, Arts and Writing Competition (PAWC), in the art division in 2015. Subsequently Anja started doing drawing and painting commissions and took part in different group exhibitions and auctions.
Anja became a full-time artist in 2018. Gaining momentum, she took on a two-month internship with artist Louis Jansen van Vuuren, at Chateau de la Creuzette, France in that same year.
Upon her return, she ran her own gallery, Artisan & Artist, for a year. She continued her work, living out her passion and at the end of 2019, she took part in group exhibition ‘Connect to the Now’ at Boomhuis Gallery, Stellenbosch. She also participated in a group exhibition at African Vineyard Guesthouse, Kanoneiland. In addition, Anja was a part of the Woordfees exhibition in Stellenbosch, titled ‘Knoop/ Knot’, curated by Louis Jansen van Vuuren and was one of the participating artists at the A5 online exhibition curated, by Observatory Art. Currently she is participating in the ‘Art in Isolation’ exhibition at Imibala Gallery, Graaff-Reinet.