I was born in 1971 in Kuruman, in the Kalahari. For as long as I can remember I have been drawing and always knew I wanted to be an artist.
I went to Art School, Die Kruin, in Johannesburg in 1985, then studied Fine Arts at Pretoria Technikon for 5 years. I received my National Dip and National Higher Dip in BA Fine Arts. I lived and worked in Pretoria for 25 years. I’ve had 4 solo exhibitions and have taken part in various group exhibitions, locally and internationally.
I travelled to the Cite in Paris for 3 months where I took part in 2 group exhibitions, as well as exhibitions in Ireland and Amsterdam.
At the end of 2015, I moved to Sedgefield where I ran my own Studio/ Gallery for 2 years. I moved to Wilderness and joined the Scava Art society in George.
I won two first prizes, for Animal and Still-life categories and a third for Portraits. I’ve also exhibited at the Wilderness Art Fair held in 2019 and 2020.
I really enjoy working with soft pastel and I experimented a lot using different kinds of materials for example, soft pastel on cotton twirl, dyed canvas, hemp and on toned paper. I can really express myself with Charcoal and Conte on white Fabriano paper. It’s so energetic and fast and one gets that immediate satisfaction. I’ve done a lot of figure drawing sessions with Carl Jeppe and am inspired by William Kentridge.
I also work with oils on canvas, glass and wood, and am influenced by the pastel painters from the late 1800’s. They used a technique, using a water-based paint, gouache with pastel on toned fabric. I’m using the same technique on dyed canvas. I enjoy doing portraits the most and using objects or clothing which tell you something about the sitter. I also love to draw animals and their relationship with people. I came to the Karoo to work and to be inspired by a different landscape, ways of being, interesting people and new experiences.
Contact Anna on 066 042 6021
Studio: 75 Mark Street