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Wenman, Laura

 

ARTIST'S STATEMENT  

I consider myself very privileged to be able to paint and teach for a living. 

Even though I paint landscapes, figures and still lives I have a natural leaning towards portraiture.  My preferred medium is oils because it is so compliant and versatile, for me it feels like liquid velvet.  When I start a painting it's like embarking on a journey.  Yes there are peaks and valleys, easy and difficult sections but the experience is so satisfying because after every painting I finish I come away learning something new. 

Seeing a blank canvas transform into a visual story never ceases to amaze me.  Through my style which is impressionistic at the moment, I do interpret my subjects rather than producing a frozen image. I prefer to make every person come alive by capturing their unique personality, character, soul and essence. I always paint to music, this keeps me in the rhythm from beginning to end. The feeling of anticipation is always present with every painting I do, strangely enough, this helps me to persevere.

 

ART CAREER/BIOGRAPHY 

Born 1st Dec 1956 in Johannesburg. 

EDUCATION

 

Schooling: Std 9 and 10 The Johannesburg Art School for Ballet and Music 

Tertiary Education: Cape Tech for Graphic Design Diploma 

Art Classes: Ryno Swart 

Workshops: Judith Carducci, Lesley Charnock. 

EMPLOYMENT:

15 years as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator for numerous Design Studios and Advertising Agencies, 2 years Teaching Airbrush and Rendering Techniques at 'The Foundation School of Art' in Cape Town and 18 years Teaching Fundamentals in Fine Art Painting 

AWARDS:

 

SASA (South African Society of Artists)  WCAS ( Western Cape Artist Society)

 2016  SASA Annual: Best Oil and Highly Commended

 2015  SASA Life Drawing: 2nd Place

 2015  SASA Eleanor Palmer: 2nd Place

 2015  SASA Annual: x3 Commended

 2014  SASA Annual: Best Oil

 2014  SASA Eleanor Palmer:1st Place

 2014  SASA Still Life: 1st Place

 2014  SASA Landscape: 1st Pace

 2014 WCAS Annual: Best Oil and Commended

 2013  SASA Annual: Highly Commended

 2013  SASA Eleanor Palmer:2nd Place

 2013  SASA Life Drawing: 1st Place

 2012  SASA Eleanor Palmer: 2nd Place

 2011  SASA Honorary Title of " FELLOW "

 2011  SASA Annual: Commended

 2010  SASA Eleanor Palmer:2nd Place

 2008  SASA Annual:Highly Commended

 2008  SASA Eleanor Palmer: 3rd Place

 1994  Standard Bank Singapore Show Stand: 1st Place

 1993  New York Award: For Illustrations.

 1992  Richleigh Shoes Show Stand England: 1st Place