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Painting, Oil on Canvas
Size: 15.7 W x 15.7 H x 0.2 D in
The South Bank, stark and deserted, not a soul in sight. We experienced a cold snap with fresh layer of snow in February 2021. You can almost feel the cold and isolation, the crisp sound of snow under your feet and the muffled sound that snow gives to the environment. The only hint of warmth is the glow from the lights. The dolphin lamps have always been the star of the show. Everyone who's seen these lights recognises the Thames Embankment and London. I've used blues and greys with only a touch of yellow. I hope you feel the quiet and the cold. I have a family connection to this painting. A painting of Cleopatra's Needle hung in my husband's grandparents home in South Africa, and now hangs at his brother's house in Australia. The painting must have been old enough that I'm sure the lights were gas lights. It was painted at night. And although the Needle seems to be the focal points it's these lights that are the star. I've always wanted to make a more contemporary version of that painting, that shows the lights glowing but isn't set in the heaviness of night.
Painting:Oil on Canvas
Size:15.7 W x 15.7 H x 0.2 D in
My art is found in my surroundings. Where I've lived has played an important part in my works. I'm African, Zimbabwean born and raised in South Africa. The open African sky, warm sun, space, light, red dust, thunderstorms and rolling hills are a source of inspiration. I grew up on the Natal South Coast in South Africa and the winelands of Cape Town. Both bring back memories of the sea, sand, surfing and care free life. The winelands, fruit, labour, sun, farmlands and joy. And who can lose their love for Table Mountain, fynbos and the people of Cape Town. Moving with my family to Pretoria brought a new pallete. I lost my fear of thunder and lightning, enjoying the smell and taste of rain that arrives like clockwork every day in summer. I started to enjoy a different kind of mountain, the Magaliesberg. And I was privileged to see many many wild animals beyond the big five. I now live with my family in Hampshire in the UK. The historic homes are unlike any I've seen. The fields, hedgerows and villages are all exciting discoveries for me. It takes a while but eventually you realise English weather is part of the charm. The light that falls through woodland trees. The subdued light, the subtle greys and the vibrant wildflowers in spring.
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