Artwork by Lois van Bart Emmerich
I’m a 56 year old South African female. I never had the chance or opportunity to study art. Before I could read or write, I had a pencil and paper with me wherever I went and would sit and draw. When I went to school, I was drawing portraits of my school friends rather than doing my schoolwork!! I don’t have any particular style of drawing. I basically just start drawing what’s in my mind or what I see. I always wanted to paint but just didn’t know where to start. Finally, in 2009, I built up enough courage with some assistance from Norbert Schling, one of the top South African artists. I purchased some oils and canvass and found my passion in life! I would love to be taught the correct drawing and painting techniques in order to make it possible for me to achieve what I know I am capable of doing once I have the know how.
I have only done 7 paintings. My first two paintings were entered into a local art competition and I got “A”‘s for them together with certificates. I’m entering my 7th painting into this competition. It’s entitled Family Love, and is very close to my heart as it is about my family. It portrays my parents and the five daughters. I have tried to show the different era’s between the parents portraits (done in greyscale), and the faded color of the schetches of the daughters. The rainbow portrays the promise and closeness of the family, and that no matter what, love overcomes all.