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“It has always given me joy to create….”

Anita has formal art education till grade 12 and although she really wanted to study art it wasn’t possible and studied teaching in other subjects due to bursary constraints. She is mostly a self-taught artist.

After a lot of twists and turns life gave her another chance at living her dream.  She loves the freedom to create a mood and tell a story, and it brings her immense pleasure when others can share in this experience through her paintings and sketches.

She takes the road less travelled because she simply has to.

Painting in oils and sketching in charcoal and pastels really encouraged her self-expression, and she feel this aspect of her art truly came into bloom when she (long since childhood) began using these media as a student of first Marié Stander and then Jeanne Hendrikz.

In March and April 2011 she visited the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris In May and June 2016 she did so again.

The artist also worked as an art event planner and gallery curator/assistant for a few years.  She is the founder of a group of artists who exhibited together for a number of years – “Friends in Art”. 

Nature, the landscape and what it holds are the subjects which intrigues the artist, but she has done portraits, and decor scenes as well as streetscenes before. She has to be inspired by what she is painting and mostly gather her own reference material such as photo’s, pieces of paper, articles, leaves, feathers, etc.

1980 – Art as subject for matriculation certificate.  (last year of school)
2005 – After much deliberation start Art Classes with Marie Stander Art School.
2006 – 2010 Art Auctions and Art Exhibitions at Marie Stander Art School.
2010 – “Friends in Art” is formed -a group of friends exhibiting together.
2010 – Stellenbosch Arts Association exhibition
2010 – “Friends in Art” group exhibition at Bilton wines, Stellenbosch.
2011 – March and April 2011 – Cité Internationale des Arts residency in Paris, France.
2011 – “Friends in Art” exhibits at Oude Libertas Gallery, Stellenbosch.
2011 – “Friends in Art” Annual Exhibition – Stellenbosch
2012 – “Paris to Pop”- Joint exhibition with Vernon Fourie – Lanzerac Stellenbosch.
2012 – “Friends in Art” – annual group exhibition.
2012 – Stellenbosch Arts Association annual group exhibition
2012 – “Friends in Art” exhibits at Oude Libertas Gallery, Stellenbosch.
2013 – “Friends in Art” annual group exhibition.
2013 – Oude Libertas Art Gallery part of “Save the Rhino” exhibition.
2014 – “Friends in Art” exhibition at Breytenbach Gallery, Wellington.
2014 – “Friends in Art” annual group exhibition Stellenbosch.
2014 – Stellenbosch Arts Association Members’ Exhibition Stellenbosch. 2014 – Blaauwklippen gallery – ongoing group exhibition.
2014 – 2015 Ongoing exhibition of various artists Blaauwklippen Stellenbosch.
2015 – Oude Libertas Art Gallery – “Celebrating 2015” (January)
2015 – “Friends in Art” exhibition at P.J.Olivier Art centre Stellenbosch.
2015 – “The Tank Gallery” exhibition of 8 friends. (May)
2015 – Art B gallery Tiny Treasures group exhibition
2015 – “Nature” exhibition Oude Libertas Gallery. (July)
2015 – “Polkadraai” exhibition at “The Tank Gallery” Stellenbosch. (July)
2015 – “The Cape Gallery” part of group exhibition “Cities in Motion”. (July)
2015 – “The Cape Gallery” part of group exhibition “To be in the World”. (August)
2015 – “The Cape Gallery” part of ongoing exhibition.
2015 – “Lindy van Niekerk Gallery” as part of ongoing exhibition
2015 – “Stellenbosch Arts Association” members’ exhibition at Oude Libertas Gallery.
2015 – “Tulbagh Arts Festival” Fins and Flying things: with Susan Proctor Hume and Ronel
2016 – “Seven and more” exhibition of Friends in Art during Woordfees 2016 at Landrover Jaquar in Stellenbosch.
2016 – May and June Artists Residency at Cité Internationale des Arts Paris France.
2016 – “Open Studio” at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris – 14 June.
2016 – “Open Studio” – at studio gallery Somerset West – July 2016.
2016 – June – Group exhibition Stellenbosch Arts Association Oude Libertas Gallery
2016 – Dec/Jan 2017 – Last group exhibition at Oude Libertas Gallery before they closed.
2017 – March Group exhibition “Friends in Art” – showroom Jaguar Land Rover Stellenbosch
           during Woordfees….. an independent exhibition.
2017 – May – The Tenk Gallery – X Cite Internationale des arts artists did an exhibition of work
           inspired whilst at Cite.
2017 – June – ART B Gallery – 20 x 20 cm Tiny Treasures Exhibition
2017 – September Art Association – Hofmeyer Hall Church Street Stellenbosch
2018 – Moved to the UK for a few years
2018 – June exhibited during Barnaby Festival at “Jack Sevens Art Cafe and Gallery”
2018 – September – Autumn exhibition at Charles Roe House Macclesfield
2018 – December – Winter exhibition at Charles Roe House Macclesfield
2019 – Artclasses for ladies once a week in Oilpainting and Watercolour and drawing. 
2019 – Exhibited at the Green man gallery in Buxton.
2020 – Present “Art fundamental” art classes via Zoom due to Covid-19. 
2020 – Art exhibition at BOLLINGTON ARTS CENTRE 23 FEB – 22MARCH 2020
           COVID-19 Other exhibition opportunities cancelled
2021 – CHESHIRE ART FAIR…. Online, or not in September (Postponed till 2022)
2021 – Mac-online – 3 artworks on an online gallery type of platform due to Covid restrictions and other exhibition cancellations.
2021 – Altrincham exhibition Altrincham Open Studios CIO
2021 – Sandy Lane Gallery
2022 – Sandy Lane Gallery Spring exhibition
2022 – Cheshire art fair in Town Hall