Deidre Maree

Deidre Maree

I am a part–time art teacher and artist living in Durban. But I return to my house in Prince Albert almost every school holiday. 

For three days of the week, I encourage my Grade 1 to 7 learners to develop an appreciation for the visual arts, and to build the skills and techniques needed to express themselves confidently in a variety of media. On the remaining days I pursue my other passion - oil and acrylic painting. In the years since I became a part-time teacher, I have taken part in many exhibitions, both in KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape. 

In my work I use images from personal experience and transform them through mark-making to create detailed, dynamic surfaces. Since the work is figurative, the stimuli for each of these investigative pieces are the photographs I take on my runs (I am a long-distance runner) in Durban and Prince Albert, on my trips around Kwa-Zulu Natal, and on my travels between the two places I call home.

I fell in love with the Karoo on our very first visit there - after more than ten years of returning, my appreciation for the splendour of its vast, stark beauty continues to grow. It inspires me to create paintings that shows its sometimes-overlooked beauty, to capture its imperious silence and this allows viewers to become lost, briefly, in something bigger than themselves.

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