Ince’s work has roots in her love for nature and our local ecology, and despite growing up far away from fynbos in Johannesburg she studied B.Sc in Stellenbosch.
Focusing on Conservation Ecology and Botany. Having always had a passion for art she only started oil painting following a career in tourism and also having spent a lot of precious time with her two young daughters.
Some of her favourite subjects are landscapes and plants and you will often find her with smudges of Prussian Blue or Viridian Green following a painting session. Other interests include sustainability, cooking with organic produce and supporting local artisans and producers.
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My art journey has really only just begun, after a 23 year corporate Marketing career ended in 2011. Regular art classes and workshops influence me and challenge me and I keep exploring and learning.
My inspiration? Seeing beauty all around me with “new eyes” since starting to paint. It’s in the shape and colour of the clouds, so different, each and every day, it’s in the look in my new puppy’s eyes, it’s in a face that I see in a crowd, and it’s in the beauty of what I see on my travels, which I photograph and use as reference material in my studio. My art style leans towards realism, though, trying too hard to create detail is not my intention. I try rather to capture the essence of what caught my attention initially and inspired me to want to paint it.
Member of South African Society of Artists (SASA) and Constantiaberg Art Society (CAS) Sales of art at various SASA Exhibitions, CAS Exhibitions, Royal Cape Exhibition, Elliot Art Gallery Auction, sales to private individuals and Private Commissions.
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When l was a little girl, l was constantly drawing. Ponies and pretty birds and doggies and cats.
Looking back, what surprises me is that I never even once dreamt of becoming an artist. Not even when I was lost in childish imagination, removed from The Grown-up World that demands realistic career choices, I wanted to be a mermaid. But never an artist…
The journey to becoming a full-time artist has been anything but boring, A roller-coaster-road-that-never-ends, dotted with the constant struggle to find balance. Balance between work and home. Balance between focusing on deadlines and long-term growth. Balance between finding the time to do it yourself and the money to outsource an aspect of your business. Balance between stability and chasing a dream, Balance between doing what makes you happy and turning that into something that puts bread on the table.
On the days that I feel the delicate balance faltering (and the struggle outweighing the happy), l just paint myself a tail and go for a swim until things look better,.. So I got to be a mermaid after all!
The Happy Struggling Artist is a celebration of South Africa’s incredibly diverse wildlife.
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” I want to draw the attention of the viewer to the beauty of flowers, on a larger scale than normal Nature is truly inspiring – and the Creator is truly the greatest artist of all.” – Anni Angus
My name is Anni Angus. l’m usually a monochromatic artist who enjoys the technical side of drawing – that being pen and ink pointillism and graphite. But every alternate month or two I love to pick up my oil paints and paint again. I like to swing from one medium to another it challenges and teaches me. Life after all is a learning process.
When I paint though, I like to keep it simple. I like to keep a very minimalist choice of colours on my palette – that being mainly three colours, but never more than four. ln this case l get an over all softer effect when mixing then, and the colours seem to flow into each other and the whole picture seems to “blend” together and come together almost effortlessly.
For the summer colours exhibition, I chose to do two big floral works in oil of my favourite flower – peonies. I love the flowing movement that peonies seem to have, their intricate petals and the “delicateness” of it, I also want to draw the attention of the viewer to the beauty of flowers, on a larger scale than normal. Nature is truly inspiring – and the Creator is truly the greatest artist of all. I have called the one “Tranquillity”. By using only three colours I created various shades of green, grey and ochre. The shades of green grass, stormy clouds and sunlight. The tranquillity of sunlight shining through parting clouds after a rainy day. The other one, “Awakening” was painted on a black background with four colours. The colours of a sunset and a sunrise, a brilliant beautiful soft light that bursts forth into a new day, giving every one hope.
We are truly blessed to live here in the Western Cape, one of the most beautiful in the world!
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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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