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Artist Johanneke Strydom


An example of fine art by Johanneke Strydom

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The Artist Says:


"I try to capture something of the awe that is stirred in me by nature.  Words fail me, so I use paint and a brush."



Other Artists Say:


"What I love about your paintings is that you fill a lot of space with just space instead of adding gadget after gadget - that is enormously powerful!" - Bridget, Germany.



Biography


For Johanneke Strydom art was always a part of her life.  Since childhood, she could get lost in drawing and painting and enjoyed art lessons from a very young age.  After school she continued pursuing this passion, and took on different mediums.  But it was oil paint that provided the preferred medium to express herself most fully.  The rich colors, the creamy substance and the thick texture gave her a way to capture the deep feelings that were stirred as she was witnessing the wonders of the wild world around her.  Brushstrokes and paint became the language for her to express the feelings of connection and presence that are beyond words.  She was raised as the daughter of a zoologist, and enjoyed much of her young life in the wilderness and unspoilt beauty.  Creation always had a huge impact on her, and became the place where she felt most alive and connected. 
When she discovered plein air painting (painting on location), it was a perfect match.  It provides for her the place to be immersed in her surroundings.  To capture the essence of her experiences.  To stay in the moment and respond to what she sees and feels in a direct and quick way.  This approach leads to a more impressionistic style with loose brushwork, thick paint and intense colors.   
 
 
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