Artist Karen Steffano

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The Artist Says:

To follow your passion is to truly live


I was born in Cyprus of British parents in 1966. I spent my early life in England until age six, after which my family immigrated to South Africa, where we have lived ever since. I love South Africa and I love living here and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I grew up in Johannesburg and I am happy to call it home.
I have always loved to draw and paint; my initial inspiration was discovering horses and horse riding at the age of eight and I became completely horse mad. I got published four times in the national Sunday newspaper as a teenager with four drawings I had submitted, three of which were horses.Art became my favourite subject at school, I won the art prize one year and I dreamed of becoming a serious artist.I went on to study Fine Art at Wits University, majoring in Painting.After graduating, despite having two works chosen for the end of year student exhibition and also winning a merit award in a national competition, I told myself I wasn't good enough.I then did not pick up a brush for twenty years.I rediscovered my passion for art and now find myself painting whenever I can. It makes my soul sing.

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