Alison Butterworth

I was born in Nigeria and have lived in England, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

I completed my schooling in South Africa at Hyde Park High school in Johannesburg. I then went into nursing at the Johannesburg General Hospital and qualified as a nursing sister.

I have 3 children and started painting part time when they were very young. As my interest and enjoyment in art grew I went for tuition with Hester v/d Berg in Johannesburg.

When I retired from nursing I started painting full time.

I paint mostly in acrylics and sometimes in oils. My subject choice is usually landscapes or seascapes but I have painted a variety of different subjects.

I have been part of a number of exhibitions over time and have had my work in a number of galleries, mostly in Johannesburg.

I moved to Plettenberg Bay 3 years ago.

Alison Butterworth

I was born in Nigeria and have lived in England, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

I completed my schooling in South Africa at Hyde Park High school in Johannesburg. I then went into nursing at the Johannesburg General Hospital and qualified as a nursing sister.

I have 3 children and started painting part time when they were very young. As my interest and enjoyment in art grew I went for tuition with Hester v/d Berg in Johannesburg.

When I retired from nursing I started painting full time.

I paint mostly in acrylics and sometimes in oils. My subject choice is usually landscapes or seascapes but I have painted a variety of different subjects.

I have been part of a number of exhibitions over time and have had my work in a number of galleries, mostly in Johannesburg.

I moved to Plettenberg Bay 3 years ago.

Andrea Doerfert

With a background in graphic design and tourism web design, German-born visual communicator and artist Dipl. Des. Andrea Doerfert creates eye-catching mixed media pieces of art – with dots, 3-D elements and / or playful pop-up features which add a sense of dimension; as well as drawings. Daily life inspires her and her love for animals, especially African wildlife, features in many of her artworks.

Andrea Doerfurt

With a background in graphic design and tourism web design, German-born visual communicator and artist Dipl. Des. Andrea Doerfert creates eye-catching mixed media pieces of art – with dots, 3-D elements and / or playful pop-up features which add a sense of dimension; as well as drawings. Daily life inspires her and her love for animals, especially African wildlife, features in many of her artworks.

Barbara Becke

I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. Largely encouraged by my father who went head to head with my Headmistress to enable me to drop Latin and do Art for Matric.

After Teachers Training College I spent a year doing Art at Rhodes followed by 8 years of teaching Primary School children the joys of drawing and painting.

As happens to most people, life gets in the way and only managed to paint off and on until moving to Durban 13 years ago when I started painting again on a regular basis.

My paintings, both oils and watercolours have received good reviews in Group exhibitions in Port Elizabeth and Durban and many have found homes as far afield as Germany and the UK.

I paint anything and everything from portraits to landscapes to floral art and beloved pets and am happy to take on commissions.

Barbara Becke

I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember. Largely encouraged by my father who went head to head with my Headmistress to enable me to drop Latin and do Art for Matric.

After Teachers Training College I spent a year doing Art at Rhodes followed by 8 years of teaching Primary School children the joys of drawing and painting.

As happens to most people, life gets in the way and only managed to paint off and on until moving to Durban 13 years ago when I started painting again on a regular basis.

My paintings, both oils and watercolours have received good reviews in Group exhibitions in Port Elizabeth and Durban and many have found homes as far afield as Germany and the UK.

I paint anything and everything from portraits to landscapes to floral art and beloved pets and am happy to take on commissions.

Bev Barends

I reside in Plettenberg Bay after retiring two an half years ago. This is when my art journey started as I inherited my Mums watercolours. It just grew from there to include ink, graphite and charcoal. I love all four mediums so cannot choose my favourite.

I am also a wife and mother to two adult children. I love wildlife so most of subjects are derived from that.

Bev Barends

I reside in Plettenberg Bay after retiring two an half years ago. This is when my art journey started as I inherited my Mums watercolours. It just grew from there to include ink, graphite and charcoal. I love all four mediums so cannot choose my favourite.

I am also a wife and mother to two adult children. I love wildlife so most of subjects are derived from that.

Cheryl Lockwood

Cheryl Lockwood was born in Johannesburg South Africa in 1947.

She has been involved in the arts since childhood exploring various techniques in one form or another. She worked in the Corporate world for many years but made sure to pursue her artistic ambitions on weekends and holidays throughout those years.

She managed to formally enter the art world 14 years ago when she started to work at the Ferreira Art Gallery in Bryanston and realised that she could take this artistic passion further.

She met many well-known artists and was lucky enough to have excellent teaching and mentorship from artists such as the Late Hazel Thompson, the well-known Johannesburg Floral Artist and Ian Hertslet one of the top South African Artists.

Her art reflects her love for her South African Heritage and to use her art as an extension of her personality

She has exhibited in various galleries and other exhibitions throughout the years.
Her preferred medium for painting is oil.
She is currently living in Plettenberg Bay, a place with beautiful inspiration for an artist

Cheryl Lockwood

Cheryl Lockwood was born in Johannesburg South Africa in 1947.

She has been involved in the arts since childhood exploring various techniques in one form or another. She worked in the Corporate world for many years but made sure to pursue her artistic ambitions on weekends and holidays throughout those years.

She managed to formally enter the art world 14 years ago when she started to work at the Ferreira Art Gallery in Bryanston and realised that she could take this artistic passion further.

She met many well-known artists and was lucky enough to have excellent teaching and mentorship from artists such as the Late Hazel Thompson, the well-known Johannesburg Floral Artist and Ian Hertslet one of the top South African Artists.

Her art reflects her love for her South African Heritage and to use her art as an extension of her personality

She has exhibited in various galleries and other exhibitions throughout the years.
Her preferred medium for painting is oil.
She is currently living in Plettenberg Bay, a place with beautiful inspiration for an artist

Dawn Pearce

Dawn was born in Johannesburg in 1952, and went to High School there. She studied art for matric, but had no further formal art education. She always wanted to paint, but realized that with raising 3 children, her time was not her own, and put it on hold for some 25 years.  

About 17 years ago, she decided that she had the time, and went for Watercolour lessons with Jane Thompson in Bedfordview for a while. She now paints in all mediums, acrylic, watercolour and oil as well as having done quite a few wall murals indoors and out.

Dawn is a housewife with the hobby of painting and has since been able to sell quite a few of her works, and has also had several commissions.

Now living in Plett she painted with friends on a weekly basis before Covid put a stop to all that.

Dawn Pearce

Dawn was born in Johannesburg in 1952, and went to High School there. She studied art for matric, but had no further formal art education. She always wanted to paint, but realized that with raising 3 children, her time was not her own, and put it on hold for some 25 years.  

About 17 years ago, she decided that she had the time, and went for Watercolour lessons with Jane Thompson in Bedfordview for a while. She now paints in all mediums, acrylic, watercolour and oil as well as having done quite a few wall murals indoors and out.

Dawn is a housewife with the hobby of painting and has since been able to sell quite a few of her works, and has also had several commissions.

Now living in Plett she painted with friends on a weekly basis before Covid put a stop to all that.

Debra de Villiers

“Vivid colour, nature, fantasy and magic inspire me, and I love the fluidity of painting with light and sacred geometry, expressing the fusion of art, technology and spirituality”.

I have always loved and had a passion for creative art. I studied painting and print making at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg and then completed a 3 year diploma in Graphic Design at Wits Tech.

I worked for various design studios as a Graphic Designer, and finally at Sanctuary Records in London, designing record covers and artwork for musicians.

In 2005, I started my own freelance Graphic Design and Web Design company, Dimension Design, and have since travelled the world, working online as a freelance designer, designing for various clients in print and web, while gaining artistic inspiration from nature and cultures world wide.

The past few years I started focusing more on Digital Art as a fine art medium, combining hand painting on a touch screen I-pad with, photography and digitally created artwork. My Elements Paintings Series and digital patterns, inspired the Firehart Artwear brand,  producing my digital art on recycled clothing, jewellery and other products and is another way of expressing my creativity and combining things I am passionate about – Art, Design, Clothing, Jewellery and Eco Sustainability. Have a look at www.firehart.co.za

Debra de Villiers

“Vivid colour, nature, fantasy and magic inspire me, and I love the fluidity of painting with light and sacred geometry, expressing the fusion of art, technology and spirituality”.

I have always loved and had a passion for creative art. I studied painting and print making at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg and then completed a 3 year diploma in Graphic Design at Wits Tech.

I worked for various design studios as a Graphic Designer, and finally at Sanctuary Records in London, designing record covers and artwork for musicians.

In 2005, I started my own freelance Graphic Design and Web Design company, Dimension Design, and have since travelled the world, working online as a freelance designer, designing for various clients in print and web, while gaining artistic inspiration from nature and cultures world wide.

The past few years I started focusing more on Digital Art as a fine art medium, combining hand painting on a touch screen I-pad with, photography and digitally created artwork. My Elements Paintings Series and digital patterns, inspired the Firehart Artwear brand,  producing my digital art on recycled clothing, jewellery and other products and is another way of expressing my creativity and combining things I am passionate about – Art, Design, Clothing, Jewellery and Eco Sustainability. Have a look at www.firehart.co.za

Denise Woodgate

“I am inspired by my natural surroundings, by the flow of the river and the textures and colours of the earth, sea and sky.The endless visual reflections presented to me daily cause me to reflect on life itself—I strive to convey the fleeting moments of magic, movement and emotions that are intertwined in our daily lives  and future existence “

Denise studied dress design and worked in Cape Town and London.Her passion for painting began when she moved back to SA with a young family, and worked in oils for many years with Debbie Field at her Pinehill studio.Over the years she attended many exhilarating and informative workshops with well-known artists, both in SA and in the UK.

Denise has exhibited her art at the following exhibitions:
Kirstenbosch, Hout Bay, Gill Alderman Gallery, Constantia Nova, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay Art Festivals, George and KKnK Arts Festival.

Denise now lives near Plettenberg Bay, on the banks of the Bitou River estuary.

Denise Woodgate

“I am inspired by my natural surroundings, by the flow of the river and the textures and colours of the earth, sea and sky.The endless visual reflections presented to me daily cause me to reflect on life itself—I strive to convey the fleeting moments of magic, movement and emotions that are intertwined in our daily lives  and future existence “

Denise studied dress design and worked in Cape Town and London.Her passion for painting began when she moved back to SA with a young family, and worked in oils for many years with Debbie Field at her Pinehill studio.Over the years she attended many exhilarating and informative workshops with well-known artists, both in SA and in the UK.

Denise has exhibited her art at the following exhibitions:
Kirstenbosch, Hout Bay, Gill Alderman Gallery, Constantia Nova, Knysna and Plettenberg Bay Art Festivals, George and KKnK Arts Festival.

Denise now lives near Plettenberg Bay, on the banks of the Bitou River estuary.

Dorett Herbst

Creativity is the Universe’s gift to us.  Using our creativity is our gift back to the Universe  – The Artist’s Way: Julia Cameron

“Healing forms the centre of ALL art.  Healing is essential for the soul. Through my artwork I try to reflect human healing in a creative and contempory way using acrylic paint and canvas.  Each human being reflect healing differently, therefore each one of my paintings will have different meaning in the eye of every beholder. With my art I love to reflect the magnificent and magical healing process that follows sorrow, sadness, bereavement and trauma.  Pain in the end is the mirror of truth.”

Dorett is a novelty artist, who picked up her first acrylic brush in October 2017 as part of a creative therapeutic process to overcome complex trauma in her own life. This creative process enriched her life so much that she continues to paint vibrant paintings.

Dorett creates contemporary art with healing as the main theme.  Her art expands in a variety of modern seascapes and full moon creations. Dorett calls her art creations, healing portraits. She believes that every painting that she does brings healing to her soul. Her artwork has healthy undertones of serenity, healing, and colour, each painting brings healing to the eyes of the beholder.

Dorett Herbst

Creativity is the Universe’s gift to us.  Using our creativity is our gift back to the Universe  – The Artist’s Way: Julia Cameron

“Healing forms the centre of ALL art.  Healing is essential for the soul. Through my artwork I try to reflect human healing in a creative and contempory way using acrylic paint and canvas.  Each human being reflect healing differently, therefore each one of my paintings will have different meaning in the eye of every beholder. With my art I love to reflect the magnificent and magical healing process that follows sorrow, sadness, bereavement and trauma.  Pain in the end is the mirror of truth.”

Dorett is a novelty artist, who picked up her first acrylic brush in October 2017 as part of a creative therapeutic process to overcome complex trauma in her own life. This creative process enriched her life so much that she continues to paint vibrant paintings.

Dorett creates contemporary art with healing as the main theme.  Her art expands in a variety of modern seascapes and full moon creations. Dorett calls her art creations, healing portraits. She believes that every painting that she does brings healing to her soul. Her artwork has healthy undertones of serenity, healing, and colour, each painting brings healing to the eyes of the beholder.

Elsabè Gray

Elsabè was born in Kimberley and moved to Plettenberg Bay 15 years ago with her husband Rodney. 

She has always enjoyed being creative and for many years, while living in Botswana, she did pottery with Geraldine Hester.  

Her interest in painting started there and when she came to live in Plettenberg Bay, she joined Estelle Hartley’s art classes. 

She was a great teacher that inspired and influenced her style of loose and abstract painting. 

As an artist, “colour is our language”.  (Estelle Hartley)

Elsabè Gray

Elsabè was born in Kimberley and moved to Plettenberg Bay 15 years ago with her husband Rodney. 

She has always enjoyed being creative and for many years, while living in Botswana, she did pottery with Geraldine Hester.  

Her interest in painting started there and when she came to live in Plettenberg Bay, she joined Estelle Hartley’s art classes. 

She was a great teacher that inspired and influenced her style of loose and abstract painting. 

As an artist, “colour is our language”.  (Estelle Hartley)

Elsabè Uys

Painting has become an intriguing hobby since retirement. I started off with drawing lessons and enjoyed that so much that I only proceeded with painting at a much later stage.

At the moment I prefer acrylic underpainting as medium and then to cover and wash in oil. Figures and faces are my favorite subjects.

Since relocating to Plettenberg Bay I have enjoyed attending the demonstrations and workshops offered by the talented artists of the Plett Art Association. Always trying new ideas and methods in the process of improving.

Elsabè Uys

Painting has become an intriguing hobby since retirement. I started off with drawing lessons and enjoyed that so much that I only proceeded with painting at a much later stage.

At the moment I prefer acrylic underpainting as medium and then to cover and wash in oil. Figures and faces are my favorite subjects.

Since relocating to Plettenberg Bay I have enjoyed attending the demonstrations and workshops offered by the talented artists of the Plett Art Association. Always trying new ideas and methods in the process of improving.

Gillian Wolfaardt

I trained as a cartographer and have loved trying my hand at painting for ages. Since retiring to Plett I have attained my associateship with the South African watercolour society, dabbled in acrylics and currently exploring oils.

A bit like a kid in a candy shop, I try anything but mainly just have fun. My aim is just to spread the joy of colour and life and love. Life is too short to stress! I am so thankful to have this relaxing pastime at this stage of my life.

Gillian Wolfaardt

I trained as a cartographer and have loved trying my hand at painting for ages. Since retiring to Plett I have attained my associateship with the South African watercolour society, dabbled in acrylics and currently exploring oils.

A bit like a kid in a candy shop, I try anything but mainly just have fun. My aim is just to spread the joy of colour and life and love. Life is too short to stress! I am so thankful to have this relaxing pastime at this stage of my life.

Hetta Ludik

Hetta Ludik has never had formal training, but has been painting since she can remember. For her, art is a form of self-expression; and she draws inspiration from a variety of sources. Some days she draws on her imagination for ideas and at other times on imagery captured in her travels abroad. Her subject matter is wide-ranging; from capturing a moment or scene of everyday life, to the diversity of our South African “Rainbow Nation” and often experiments with the reinterpretation of familiar images through the use of bold colours. She works in watercolour, acrylic and oils.

Hetta Ludik

Hetta Ludik has never had formal training, but has been painting since she can remember. For her, art is a form of self-expression; and she draws inspiration from a variety of sources. Some days she draws on her imagination for ideas and at other times on imagery captured in her travels abroad. Her subject matter is wide-ranging; from capturing a moment or scene of everyday life, to the diversity of our South African “Rainbow Nation” and often experiments with the reinterpretation of familiar images through the use of bold colours. She works in watercolour, acrylic and oils.

Hilary Appelgryn

Hilary has  led a life of creativity from a young age.

Born in Zambia, her family then relocated to the Cape where her artistic journey began. From painting; to pottery; to making clothing and jewelry, she reveled in spending her spare time creatively. She pursued Water Colour more seriously by attending classes with her greatest influencers and well known artists Angela Eidelman, Bill McGill, Richard Rennie, Derrik Van Rensburg, Louis Audie, among others.

Hilary does not limit herself only to Water Colour, but also uses oils, acrylics, and incorporates mixed mediums with different techniques, styles and has a wide range of subject matter. She is highly influenced by cultures, people, her travels and nature, often finding an emotional  connection to portray in her work. She loves sharing her ideas with fellow artists and finds beauty in encouraging each other to grow.

Based along the Garden Route, she is still drawing in on her love for art.

Artist’s Statement
” Art is a Voyage of Discovery”

Hilary Appelgryn

Hilary has  led a life of creativity from a young age.

Born in Zambia, her family then relocated to the Cape where her artistic journey began. From painting; to pottery; to making clothing and jewelry, she reveled in spending her spare time creatively. She pursued Water Colour more seriously by attending classes with her greatest influencers and well known artists Angela Eidelman, Bill McGill, Richard Rennie, Derrik Van Rensburg, Louis Audie, among others.

Hilary does not limit herself only to Water Colour, but also uses oils, acrylics, and incorporates mixed mediums with different techniques, styles and has a wide range of subject matter. She is highly influenced by cultures, people, her travels and nature, often finding an emotional  connection to portray in her work. She loves sharing her ideas with fellow artists and finds beauty in encouraging each other to grow.

Based along the Garden Route, she is still drawing in on her love for art.

Artist’s Statement
” Art is a Voyage of Discovery”

Ilse Kruger

I am Ilse Kruger. I live in Nature’s Valley, in the forest next to the sea. I see the colours of the mornings and the sunsets, sunshine and clouds and all the moods of nature every day.

I had art as a school subject and wanted to study art. My dad said: “ Real work, my girl, real work.” So I studied Oral Hygiene. Later on I had a Clothing Manufacturing business and  Boutique.  I also had an Embroidery Workshop.   My dad was right..It was good to have an absorbing interest and hobby that was not work.   It feels good to create something just for the joy of it.   Joy brings an added dimension, it shows in my work.

I started painting seriously in 2008. It was all because of the inspiration of one woman who crossed my path on one specific day.

I accompanied my husband on a steam train trip around Pretoria.  It was a work related project. We met at Capital park station. Standing around, I suddenly saw this woman .. she seemed to be in her own world.  People were taking pictures of the steam locomotive. But not her. She was taking pictures of an ugly old concrete pond. It was all overgrown with weed.

I asked her: “What do you see?” She did not even look at me: “Come”, she waved with her arm. “Come and see…I saw amazing reflections in the dirty water, of plants, clouds, blue sky, steam and lastly, the locomotive.

She was an artist, and she showed me the world of art. She taught me to see.  Her name was Mariki van Graan. She opened the window of art for me and helped me to climb through. She became my mentor and for 5 years, she helped me and taught me. She was dying of cancer, and I am one of the legacies that she has left behind.  

I have learnt that one can escape into a world of art, colour and fantasy.  I have learnt that as an artist one should always try to look passed the obvious.

Ilse Kruger

I am Ilse Kruger. I live in Nature’s Valley, in the forest next to the sea. I see the colours of the mornings and the sunsets, sunshine and clouds and all the moods of nature every day.

I had art as a school subject and wanted to study art. My dad said: “ Real work, my girl, real work.” So I studied Oral Hygiene. Later on I had a Clothing Manufacturing business and  Boutique.  I also had an Embroidery Workshop.   My dad was right..It was good to have an absorbing interest and hobby that was not work.   It feels good to create something just for the joy of it.   Joy brings an added dimension, it shows in my work.

I started painting seriously in 2008. It was all because of the inspiration of one woman who crossed my path on one specific day.

I accompanied my husband on a steam train trip around Pretoria.  It was a work related project. We met at Capital park station. Standing around, I suddenly saw this woman .. she seemed to be in her own world.  People were taking pictures of the steam locomotive. But not her. She was taking pictures of an ugly old concrete pond. It was all overgrown with weed.

I asked her: “What do you see?” She did not even look at me: “Come”, she waved with her arm. “Come and see…I saw amazing reflections in the dirty water, of plants, clouds, blue sky, steam and lastly, the locomotive.

She was an artist, and she showed me the world of art. She taught me to see.  Her name was Mariki van Graan. She opened the window of art for me and helped me to climb through. She became my mentor and for 5 years, she helped me and taught me. She was dying of cancer, and I am one of the legacies that she has left behind.  

I have learnt that one can escape into a world of art, colour and fantasy.  I have learnt that as an artist one should always try to look passed the obvious.

Ingrid James

A retired teacher of French and Latin now living in Plett with her husband, and with children scattered all over the world. Main interests:  languages, drama, art, reading, films and birds.  Started learning to paint in her mid-fifties and mainly paint flowers and birds in acrylics.

Ingrid James

A retired teacher of French and Latin now living in Plett with her husband, and with children scattered all over the world. Main interests:  languages, drama, art, reading, films and birds.  Started learning to paint in her mid-fifties and mainly paint flowers and birds in acrylics.

Irma Reitz

Irma Reitz, a woman of God.

Irma loves creating and painting in watercolour,  as often possible, and is blessed to be a great-grandmother, grandmother, mother and wife to a loving family.

Irma enjoys bridge, cooking and is learning to play lawn bowls.

Irma Reitz

Irma Reitz, a woman of God.

Irma loves creating and painting in watercolour,  as often possible, and is blessed to be a great-grandmother, grandmother, mother and wife to a loving family.

Irma enjoys bridge, cooking and is learning to play lawn bowls.

Jill Forbes

My Art Journey started at the age of 50! And has been a wonderfully exciting process over the years.

I have attended classes and many workshops and have painted nonstop ever since. Having learned to draw before I could paint my subject options are very wide and nothing is impossible!!

Art is a wonderful form of creative expression….. therapy…….and past time! I love to experiment in all mediums, textures and subjects….. The Sky Is The Limit !

Jill Forbes

My Art Journey started at the age of 50! And has been a wonderfully exciting process over the years.

I have attended classes and many workshops and have painted nonstop ever since. Having learned to draw before I could paint my subject options are very wide and nothing is impossible!!

Art is a wonderful form of creative expression….. therapy…….and past time! I love to experiment in all mediums, textures and subjects….. The Sky Is The Limit !

Joan Hill

I just love to paint. I find it such a privilege to have the time to do so, after a career firstly in Graphic Arts as a Commercial Artist for 10 years and then an Accountant for the rest of my working life.

It is like being set free and the entire process, from start to finish is an exciting challenge and adventure. I paint in Oils, Acrylics and Pastels.

What a joy just to be able to stop and stare at God’s wonderful creation. And see so much more because one stopped.

Joan Hill

I just love to paint. I find it such a privilege to have the time to do so, after a career firstly in Graphic Arts as a Commercial Artist for 10 years and then an Accountant for the rest of my working life.

It is like being set free and the entire process, from start to finish is an exciting challenge and adventure. I paint in Oils, Acrylics and Pastels.

What a joy just to be able to stop and stare at God’s wonderful creation. And see so much more because one stopped.

 Jonathan Davis

Jonathan studied graphic design at the Johannesburg College of Art in the seventies and worked for many years in publishing and advertising before becoming a freelance designer, illustrator and cartoonist. He has always had a love for fine art too. He was a member and an associate of the Watercolour Society of South Africa for many years before moving down to Plett. He has participated in a number of exhibitions over the years – at The Old Gaol Gallery in Knysna, Vernisage in Plett as well as the Knysna Arts Festival – to name a few. 

Jonathan’s art is the art of the ordinary – the everyday. A winding road, a lonely farmhouse, a battered gatepost – things easily overlooked in a busy world. He has an eye for detail and is particularly drawn to man-made subjects that have decayed with time. 

While there are many rules in the art world he strongly believes that the rules are there so that you can break them. He also believes that there isn’t a right movement in art – nor a wrong one. Imagine if every artist followed the same methodology, the same practices? How dreary would the art-world be?

 Jonathan Davis

Jonathan studied graphic design at the Johannesburg College of Art in the seventies and worked for many years in publishing and advertising before becoming a freelance designer, illustrator and cartoonist. He has always had a love for fine art too. He was a member and an associate of the Watercolour Society of South Africa for many years before moving down to Plett. He has participated in a number of exhibitions over the years – at The Old Gaol Gallery in Knysna, Vernisage in Plett as well as the Knysna Arts Festival – to name a few. 

Jonathan’s art is the art of the ordinary – the everyday. A winding road, a lonely farmhouse, a battered gatepost – things easily overlooked in a busy world. He has an eye for detail and is particularly drawn to man-made subjects that have decayed with time. 

While there are many rules in the art world he strongly believes that the rules are there so that you can break them. He also believes that there isn’t a right movement in art – nor a wrong one. Imagine if every artist followed the same methodology, the same practices? How dreary would the art-world be?

 Joy Robin

Joy Robin was born in Namibia, but has lived in South Africa most of her life. It was only when her three children were educated and left home that she fulfilled her desire to paint.  She concentrates on local scenes, landscapes, seascapes and flowers and works in oil, acrylic and watercolour and has sold extensively around the world.

She enjoys the glory of bold colour in watercolours and the juiciness of oil. 

She loves nature and its many moods. 

She works daily in her studio at 36 Thulana Hill, Plettenberg Bay and has been a full time professional artist since 1993.

She was the chairlady of the Plettenberg Bay Arts Association for over 25 years, and is a member of the South African Society of Artists. Joy has been a Rotary Ann for many years including five years as President.

Those who wish to see her work are most welcome to call by appointment at her studio/home for a cup of tea and a friendly chat and browse through her variety of work and styles. Her work hangs on walls in America, Australia, England, Ireland, Germany and France.   

 Joy Robin

Joy Robin was born in Namibia, but has lived in South Africa most of her life. It was only when her three children were educated and left home that she fulfilled her desire to paint.  She concentrates on local scenes, landscapes, seascapes and flowers and works in oil, acrylic and watercolour and has sold extensively around the world.

She enjoys the glory of bold colour in watercolours and the juiciness of oil. 

She loves nature and its many moods. 

She works daily in her studio at 36 Thulana Hill, Plettenberg Bay and has been a full time professional artist since 1993.

She was the chairlady of the Plettenberg Bay Arts Association for over 25 years, and is a member of the South African Society of Artists. Joy has been a Rotary Ann for many years including five years as President.

Those who wish to see her work are most welcome to call by appointment at her studio/home for a cup of tea and a friendly chat and browse through her variety of work and styles. Her work hangs on walls in America, Australia, England, Ireland, Germany and France.   

Lyn Carstens

Lyn Rous Carstens loved nature and animals, living in Colesberg in a busy veterinary practice, she had four children, and did farming and breeding endurance horses. Lyn took part in competitive endurance riding achieving Springbok , WP and EC colours. Widowed, then married and lived in WC where she had time for pottery and oil painting.

Lyn sold her art locally and internationally at the Grahamstown festival and is now living in Natures Valley.

Lyn Carstens

Lyn Rous Carstens loved nature and animals, living in Colesberg in a busy veterinary practice, she had four children, and did farming and breeding endurance horses. Lyn took part in competitive endurance riding achieving Springbok , WP and EC colours. Widowed, then married and lived in WC where she had time for pottery and oil painting.

Lyn sold her art locally and internationally at the Grahamstown festival and is now living in Natures Valley.

Marcelle Heller

Marcelle Heller is of Swiss origin with Dutch roots, living in Keurboomstrand, Plettenberg Bay. When she is not selling properties for a living, she indulges in her hobby and paints what she loves most: Wildlife.

Often, she uses colourful impasto techniques to evoke emotions and bring a smile to the viewer’s face. The texture and boldness of impasto strokes add a tactile quality to the painting, making it more immersive.

Marcelle has a diverse background. She began her career in the family business, where she worked as an apprentice in architectural design. Afterwards, Marcelle briefly transitioned into the tourism industry and moved on to managing charities in Switzerland for many years.

With her adult kids moving from home, she found a unique way of exploring the world. She chose to travel by house-sitting on different continents and working remotely as a translator. Eventually, her choice for a permanent home fell on Plettenberg Bay, where her love for nature and for a special human won her over to stay.

Marcelle Heller

Marcelle Heller is of Swiss origin with Dutch roots, living in Keurboomstrand, Plettenberg Bay. When she is not selling properties for a living, she indulges in her hobby and paints what she loves most: Wildlife.

Often, she uses colourful impasto techniques to evoke emotions and bring a smile to the viewer’s face. The texture and boldness of impasto strokes add a tactile quality to the painting, making it more immersive.

Marcelle has a diverse background. She began her career in the family business, where she worked as an apprentice in architectural design. Afterwards, Marcelle briefly transitioned into the tourism industry and moved on to managing charities in Switzerland for many years.

With her adult kids moving from home, she found a unique way of exploring the world. She chose to travel by house-sitting on different continents and working remotely as a translator. Eventually, her choice for a permanent home fell on Plettenberg Bay, where her love for nature and for a special human won her over to stay.

Mariétta van Rooyen

Mariétta van Rooyen is a retired educator, business owner and artist.

She always dabbled in drawing and painting as a hobby, but was too busy raising a family, building a career and establishing a business to take the hobby to higher levels. She lifted her work to a more professional level with the help of art tutors such as Prof. Elfriede Dreyer, Louis Janse van Vuuren, David Kantey and Dale Elliott.

Mariétta’s career took her from being a nuclear physics technician to a vocational education teacher and lecturer, to an occupational training expert. Her business, Assessment College of South Africa, specialised in the training of teachers and trainers under the accreditation of the Education, Training and Development SETA. She is a member of the Plettenberg Bay Art Association and has been painting with the Friday Arts Group that works in the Methodist Church Hall.

Mariétta van Rooyen

Mariétta van Rooyen is a retired educator, business owner and artist.

She always dabbled in drawing and painting as a hobby, but was too busy raising a family, building a career and establishing a business to take the hobby to higher levels. She lifted her work to a more professional level with the help of art tutors such as Prof. Elfriede Dreyer, Louis Janse van Vuuren, David Kantey and Dale Elliott.

Mariétta’s career took her from being a nuclear physics technician to a vocational education teacher and lecturer, to an occupational training expert. Her business, Assessment College of South Africa, specialised in the training of teachers and trainers under the accreditation of the Education, Training and Development SETA. She is a member of the Plettenberg Bay Art Association and has been painting with the Friday Arts Group that works in the Methodist Church Hall.

Milena Pechackova

My name is Milena Pechackova. I was born in the Czech Republic and currently live in UK and South Africa. I started painting in acrylic in 2013 and learned the techniques from Dale Elliott. Later I started working with oils and that’s my favorite medium. Usually Africa is my inspiration but sometimes I paint European themes as well.

Milena Pechackova

My name is Milena Pechackova. I was born in the Czech Republic and currently live in UK and South Africa. I started painting in acrylic in 2013 and learned the techniques from Dale Elliott. Later I started working with oils and that’s my favorite medium. Usually Africa is my inspiration but sometimes I paint European themes as well.

Terry du Plessis

My name is Terry du Plessis and I’m a retired physiotherapist.  Before retiring to Plett 10 years ago, I worked in Saudi Arabia & the UAE. I have been painting for about 25 years and enjoy it as a hobby. I don’t cry when I sell a painting or two!

Terry du Plessis

My name is Terry du Plessis and I’m a retired physiotherapist.  Before retiring to Plett 10 years ago, I worked in Saudi Arabia & the UAE. I have been painting for about 25 years and enjoy it as a hobby. I don’t cry when I sell a painting or two!

Tracey Mae

Tracey Mae was born in Liverpool, United Kingdom; she then immigrated to South Africa at a young age with her parents, and now lives in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route, South Africa.

Tracey Mae completed art for matric, qualified as an international make-up artist and aesthetician and later in graphic art and design. Art is an intrinsic part of her life. 

Her art is created on canvas in both acrylic and oil mediums. 

Tracey’s original artwork can be found in galleries and venues in South Africa and her work sells internationally and Tracey is a three-time recipient of international competition art awards.

Tracey Mae

Tracey Mae was born in Liverpool, United Kingdom; she then immigrated to South Africa at a young age with her parents.

Tracey Mae completed art for matric, qualified as an international make-up artist and aesthetician and later in graphic art and design. Art is an intrinsic part of her life. 

Her art is created on canvas in both acrylic and oil mediums. 

Tracey’s original artwork can be found in galleries and venues in South Africa and her work sells internationally. 

Tracey Mae lives in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route, South Africa

Trudi Newton

A Johannesburger, now in Plettenberg Bay, Trudi Newton has trained with Colin Nockels, Paul Botes, Pieter Millard, Sue Orpen and Brian Ubsdell, with work exhibited at restricted-entry exhibits, within and beyond Gauteng

Recent formation of the International Watercolour Society of South Africa (IWSSA) has seen four of her pieces selected recently. In 2019 her entry won inclusion at the Sommerset West 1st International Watermedia Festival Exhibition collection of best-on-show

Commissioned work includes water-/oil-mediums, comprising portraiture, land/seascape, flora/fauna and abstract.

She has auctioned works at art-only-sales in Johannesburg    

Trudi has found much self-revelation through clay-sculpting and modelling, catalysing a more free-form-tactile-expression in her two-dimensional work, augmenting previously hidden affects and a sense of newly-formed creativity…so, modelling with paint to break away from previously-accepted-tenets of the purists

Her latest interests thus include the realm of abstracts, multi-/mixed-media and expression through experimentation 

Trudi Newton

A Johannesburger, now in Plettenberg Bay, Trudi Newton has trained with Colin Nockels, Paul Botes, Pieter Millard, Sue Orpen and Brian Ubsdell, with work exhibited at restricted-entry exhibits, within and beyond Gauteng

Recent formation of the International Watercolour Society of South Africa (IWSSA) has seen four of her pieces selected recently. In 2019 her entry won inclusion at the Sommerset West 1st International Watermedia Festival Exhibition collection of best-on-show

Commissioned work includes water-/oil-mediums, comprising portraiture, land/seascape, flora/fauna and abstract.

She has auctioned works at art-only-sales in Johannesburg    

Trudi has found much self-revelation through clay-sculpting and modelling, catalysing a more free-form-tactile-expression in her two-dimensional work, augmenting previously hidden affects and a sense of newly-formed creativity…so, modelling with paint to break away from previously-accepted-tenets of the purists

Her latest interests thus include the realm of abstracts, multi-/mixed-media and expression through experimentation 

Wendy Pretorius

Im a self-taught artist. Started late in life. I have attended various art workshops, learning new techniques all the time.

My first love is watercolours but I also enjoy doing oil paintings.

I’ve been commissioned on a number of occasions to create specific scenes and I have had various exhibitions in, Knysna, Botswana, Angola, Johannesburg and Plett 

Wendy Pretorius

Im a self-taught artist. Started late in life. I have attended various art workshops, learning new techniques all the time.

My first love is watercolours but I also enjoy doing oil paintings.

I’ve been commissioned on a number of occasions to create specific scenes and I have had various exhibitions in, Knysna, Botswana, Angola, Johannesburg and Plett 

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