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About the Artist

I was born in Windhoek, Namibia. My childhood was spent exploring Windhoek’s mountains and dry riverbeds and splashing about in the Swakopmund sea. After high school I left Namibia to study Fine Art at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, a small town in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Once there I was met with the same question over and over again, “What are you going to do with art?” I took this question to heart after hearing it a few too many times and majored in photography which I thought would provide me with better career opportunities later on.

I loved photography but unfortunately I did not seem to have a real knack for it. I showed no exceptional talent in the four years that I studied it. It did however help to train my eye, to get me really looking at colours, shapes and forms.

After graduating from Rhodes with my BFA I moved down to Cape Town where I continued to study. This time I spent three years studying Film and Television, which I thought was a logical progression from photography. (I spent a large portion of my life trying to be logical). I did well in film and majored in editing. After receiving my diploma I went into the industry, first working as an assistant editor on commercials and then as an insert editor for a magazine program. As an editor I spent hours sitting in a dark room grading images, pulling out oranges, adding blues, staring down skin tones. I did this for a few years before realizing that although I could do the job, it wasn’t providing me with very much satisfaction.

At the end of 2008 I left my job in the television industry and went into art full time. It took me a few frustrating months to get my skills back up to a level that I was happy with, so that I could begin displaying and selling my art. My work has been on display around Cape Town and I have just finished a large commission for a lodge in Namibia.

Sketch Artist - Louise Nienaber