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FINE ART ARTISTS

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ANDREA MAREE

ACRYLIC PAINTINGS
& PRINTS

My name is Andrea Maree and I am a professional artist based in Johannesburg. I was born on the 11th of November in Johannesburg and after completing my education in the same city, I pursued Art Direction at the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography followed by Marketing and advertising at the Red and Yellow School of Business in Cape Town. Amidst the challenges brought about by the pandemic, I discovered my innate passion for painting while in lockdown. This realization led me to combine my artistic skills with my lifelong love for the African wilderness, inspiring me to venture into wildlife-themed artworks in acrylic paints on canvas. This confluence of my two passions led me to start my own business, 'I Am Andrea Maree', which focuses on my African animal collection titled ‘A moment in Africa’. Working at Londolozi Game Reserve in the Sabi Sands further nurtured my inspiration, adding a deeper purpose to my creative endeavors. It was here that I was able to truly understand the essence and beauty of African wildlife and experience the sense of connection it offers. My goal as an artist is to capture this essence through my artwork, to bring the observer closer to the animals and remind them of their connection to the larger universe. I strive to continuously grow my collection, and challenge myself to expand my horizons by painting the diverse and intriguing range of African animals. Art has the power to transcend barriers and speak a common language, similar to how animals are a unifying force that resonates with people regardless of culture, religion, and geographic location. I am eager to continue this journey as an artist and make a difference through my works.

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BELINDA HEWER

 OILS & CHARCOAL

I was born on 10 June 1970 in Pretoria and enjoyed art from a very early age. I wanted to draw faces accurately for my school projects so I started to observe people and try to draw them as realistically as I could. From there my love of art grew. I started seeing the world differently and observed everything through the eye of an “ artist in training”. During my school days, I was tutored by a professional artist in our neighbourhood and after school, I started to paint and experiment more with different mediums and subjects. I spent time researching art, design, use of colours and the many varied techniques used by artists. In 2005 I started teaching art to children, adults and older people at retirement villages. The more I taught, the more my skills developed. Since 2013, I have really been working on channelling my style of art into a direction that challenges me and inspires me with every stroke of my brush and palette knife. I love doing impressionistic work mixed with realism which allows the viewer to explore my work and enjoy visually completing it. Like the great composer J.S.Bach, I sign each artwork with SDG- Soli Deo Gloria (for the glory of God alone).

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COLEEN WILLIAMS

WATERCOLOUR, GRAPHITE, PASTEL
& PRINTS

Coleen Williams is an artist based in White River, Mpumalanga. Her home is conveniently close to the Kruger National Park, allowing many forays in search of inspiration and photographs for her growing body of wildlife works. ​ She is inspired by nature and enjoys capturing the different colours, shapes and textures of our natural world in a variety of mediums. Born in Nelspruit in 1972, her younger years were spent in many different places, and only in 2005 did she return to her place of birth, the beautiful Lowveld. Coleen always had a passion for art and as a child spent many hours creating. She excelled in art at school, but a graphic design career took her on a different creative journey. After running her own graphic design business in Gauteng for almost 20 years, returning to her roots rekindled the spark of her creative spirit and in 2018, inspired by an old drawing, Coleen’s inner artist finally convinced her to pick up her pencils again. She currently finds herself on an exciting journey of rediscovering her love for art. The years spent in digital design honed her skills with regard to colour relationships as well as composition, which enable her to digitally compose her ideas prior to painting. Her beautiful wildlife paintings are characterised by an intense passion for colour and detail. Whether it's watercolour, pastel or graphite, Coleen’s artworks are a joy and the tender touch applied is evident in each piece. ​In September 2019 she received an Honourable Mention Award in the 1st International Watermedia Festival held in Somerset West, South Africa, for her watercolour work titled ‘Basile’.

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