Hanli is a well-known artist who received a BA in Fine Arts at the University of Stellenbosch in 1984; in the following year she completed a course in jewellery design and ten years later she completed a business degree at the Graduate School of Business at her alma mater, the University of Stellenbosch. Since 2013, Hanli has been exhibiting annually, including several exhibitions in Cape Town and surrounds. Her work has travelled as far as Lamberts Bay and Port Elizabeth.
Currently, she is the owner and resident artist at the Pumpkin House Art Hub in Langebaan. Her inspiration comes from the ocean and swimming in open and cold-water conditions. These unchartered waters are the driving force behind Hanli’s art. She tunes into the rhythm of the sea and the movement within becomes an inexhaustible source of her genius.
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Louise was born in Rhodesia in 1960 and grew up roaming the scenic landscapes of her small home town. As a child, she was constantly exploring the outdoors, taking in the changing colours of the African flora and fauna, this is where her initial artistic flare began to blossom.
Louise has a true creative core, which was etched into a career when she moved to the Kwa-Zulu Natal area and started an antiques agency, restoring and bringing neglected pieces, back to life with new lustre and a creative twist. After the birth of her two daughters, she relocated to Johannesburg where she studied fine art with the University of South Africa and opened her first art gallery with long time mentors and well-known local SA Artists, Susan Orpen & Marion Townsend. For years following, she mentored under the renowned Richard Rennie, having several art studios and galleries with the beloved water-colourist.
She also spent many years teaching at various local art weeks and has a keen eye for talent.
Louise has had many art showcases around South Africa as well as having directed several art galleries from Franschoek to Haartebeesport, her original paintings can be seen on walls both locally and internationally.
After almost 3 decades of painting various styles and techniques, Louise returns to her love of florals and landscapes in modern / abstract mixed medium, oils & watercolours, with a unique & focused interest in colour, design & texture.
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“I was in awe of the magnificent flowers and breath-taking colours.” – Charmé Southey
Multi-media artist, lives in the country near Hermanus. She paints bold watercolours, and striking acrylics and the recipient of many art awards. Now an abstract earned her 1st place in the SASA 2O2O Lockdown Competition – the painting is on display at the Zeits Mocca art museum in Cape Town – the ‘Home is where the art is’ exhibition.
She is an administrator of the lnternational Watercolour Society of South Africa and the founder of Country sketchers in Hermanus. Also a member of urban sketch groups in Cape Town and Stellenbosch.
Inspiration behind “Garden Glory”
The inspiration of ‘Garden Glory’ emanates from a recent spring visit to Elgin Open Gardens. I was in awe of the magnificent flowers and breath-taking colours.