I have always been entrenched in the natural world and have found that even in the most mundane arenas I can never be fully removed from its wilderness. The awesome power that surrounds our daily lives tends to elude so many, but it is everywhere if one knows how to look and I am constantly seeking to intertwine myself and soak up whatever I can. I am convinced that a great ache has developed in our society caused only by the continual separation from nature.
I feel fortunate that the world has never ceased to impress me and I derive my inspiration directly from its elements. I am truly captivated by the landscape and the vibrant colours that surround our daily lives, and this is what infuses my work. Through my art I aim to express my gratitude and appreciation for the beauty and magnificence of nature in all of its intricacies, and to instil those feelings in others.
I choose not to work from photographs, but rather from my experiences observing and existing in my natural surroundings. The earth and elements are always transforming and in understanding this, I allow my canvas to be alive, letting the colours and contours metamorphosis with moods and emotions evoked throughout the course of a work.
I am moved by vivid colour and brilliant contrasts, and work in a style of exaggerated realism using a combination of acrylic and oil paints. I seek to create in my works the presence to draw the eyes in, to enrapture the onlooker and imbue the emotions of grandeur and allurement that I experience when I view the world.
Zoe Mafham resides in Muizenberg, studied Art at Liverpool University and has been working as a multimedia artist specialising in collage for over 10 years, undertaking exhibiting in Oxford, Manchester and London and now well represented in the South Peninsula Community Gallery from large original works to small prints and card to be found. Zoe has two boys and lives, works and teaches in Muizenberg Village along with having a studio space in Kommetjie.
Beth Lowe resides in Kommetjie but growing up on a farm near the small town of Douglas in the Northern Cape, South Africa. After completing a BA Fine Arts (HED) at Stellenbosch University, she taught art at both Primary and High School levels, and ran private art classes from home while her three children were growing up.
From farm life to living in the coastal town of Kommetjie, Cape Town, Beth has always loved to paint the beautiful outdoor scenes that surround her. Throughout the changing seasons, and various weather conditions, Beth captures these moments in true plein air style.
Beth and her family enjoy holidays at the seaside village of Still Bay, on the Cape South coast. She loves to paint outdoor scenes from this joyful and popular holiday town.
Beth is presently a member of the South African Artists Society and exhibits regularly at their annual exhibitions in Kirstenbosch Gardens, and has been invited on numerous occasions to show her work at the merit exhibitions. She also has regular exhibitions at her newly founded 'Entrance Gallery' in her home.
Beth happily endures harsh weather conditions to capture the unexpected and beautiful fleeting moments.
Michele lives and breathes the Kommetjie sea breeze has been doing pottery for about 30 years. She has since taught mini-courses at Fish Hoek High School and run pottery classes in Fish Hoek and Kommetjie.
“Growing up in a creative family, my mom and gran making our clothes, I learnt to love making things with my hands. Art lessons at school introduced me to a variety of different modes of expression and although I did a bit of painting, painting does not grab me. My love is pottery – trying different glazes, working with different temperatures and different kilns. There have been times when I have wanted to give it up but 24 hours later I am back in my studio again. Working with clay is so therapeutic!”
Michele imprints vintage lace from old garments into the clay to create exquisite, unique pieces. She also makes use of interweaving leaf shapes on her vases and vessels hiding delightful little bugs, roses, hearts and angels amongst them. She also sometimes uses materials from her clients own treasure chests.
I grew up in a creative household. My mother and grandmother handmade all our clothes and taught me how rewarding it was to make something with my own hands. As children we’d spend days in the garden with needle and thread, stitching together tiny flowers to make jewellery.
Sue was born in Joberg, lived in the Karoo and now resides in Kommetjie with her husband and son.
Light IS ALWAYS THE subject OF sue’s WORK from figure drawings to PORTRAITS, to abstract WORKS. her influences are the mid-century colour field painters such as mark rothko and helen Frankenthaler as well as other abstract exprEssionists.
philosophy, THE MYSTERY OF LIFE and THE COMPLEXITY OF THE HUMAN PSYCHE with its UNAVOIDABLE INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS, inform sue’s work, both as a painter and as a writer.
“writing IS verbal, PAINTING IS non-verbal - IT’S a very satisfying combination”
she WORKs MAINLY IN OILS ON OVERSIZED CANVASSES BUT is currently playing with ACRYLIC DRAWINGS, oils ON PAPER, AND MINIATURE BLOCK-ART.
Sue’s earlier careers in Fashion and Interiors allowed her a certain amount of creativity but her dream was always to paint. OVER THE YEARS she’s TRAINED WITH VARIOUS ARTISTS INCLUDING KERRY EVANS, DAVID KUIJERS AND JULIA TEALE and in 2010
Sue became a full-time painter.
Sue’s POEMS HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED IN THE RHODES JOURNAL aRIEL (2008) AND IN PATRICIA SHONSTEIN’S ANTHOLOGY: ‘AFRICA! POEMS ABOUT LOVE, LOSS AND LONGING’ (2014) and
She’s currently working on a new poetry manuscript: ‘Heaven and Earth’ as well as writing a romance series with four other writers.