South African Artist, Antoinette van der Merwe
Born in 1969 and grew up in Rustenburg, North West. She matriculated at Bergsig High School with Art as a main subject. Her love to paint was encouraged when she moved from Rustenburg to Hartbeespoort Dam, seven years ago. Here she enrolled at the Pieter Millard, School of Art. Pieter Millard was a student of the late master, Adriaan Boshoff. Art House Gallery opened its doors at Hartbeespoort Dam and here paintings of well known artists as well as Antoinette’s work was sold on auction. Art dealers become interested in her work and she gave up her career as business woman to start painting full time. Her ability to apply short brush strokes with the balance between light and colour has caught the eye. In her paintings the interplay of light and shade are portrayed in happy lively colours, which create a peaceful atmosphere.