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Born and educated in South Africa I relate emotionally to both California and South Africa. Our farm was surrounded by rocky hills with the Maluti mountains in the distance. My playground was the grassy fields and sandstone flats around the farm. My mind was set to study science. I narrowed it down to dietetics, even after an aptitude test indicated I should study art.
While at university I was offered a position In the Life Sciences Division of the South African Atomic Energy Board, also allowing me to continue further studies in dietetics. I completed my M.Sc. in dietetics and then pursued a D.Sc. in physiology. While finishing my thesis I contracted tuberculosis that changed the course of my life. During the 18 months of my recovery I started painting, teaching myself.
Returning to work, I was assigned to assist a visiting USA scientist that eventually led to an invitation to Brookhaven Laboratory, Long Island in the USA where I met my husband. To decorate my apartment I painted a South African scene from a Christmas card. This was the start of my rather sporadic art career. Numerous times my painting has helped me overcome minor injuries and setbacks. I later pursued a private dietetics practice in Livermore for a few years but a rather dramatic list of setbacks in my health compelled me to quit. It took me 10 years to regain my stamina and strength. I then just focused on art and gardening.
I can never thank God enough for having led me to painting and the joy it has and is still giving me in the beauty I see and the people I meet. He gave us so much beauty in nature if only we will open our eyes and look. I miss the rocky scenes of South Africa, but now have found so much joy in painting some Grand Canyon scenes. Scenes with depth have always appealed to me. I paint in both oil and watercolors, preferring watercolor for flowers and some wildlife scenes.
Painting lets me forget everything else and looking at a completed painting fills me with peace and tranquility.
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