I am from Africa and was born in Cape Town, South Africa. Our family moved to Rhodesia when I was ten years old and we left there in 1978 to return to Cape Town. My experiences in Africa had a profound effect on me as an artist and my colour pallette has always been influenced by the lovely earth colours and the really bright complimentary colours that I associate with Africa. My love of African wildlife and the beautiful wild open expansive bushveld  have stayed with me, and I need to go back to painting wildlife from time to time.
  
My early career started straight out of school learning in the studio of Lintas Advertising in Salisbury, where I went on to spend 23 years as a Graphic Designer working in  Ad Agency's. Towards the end of my Advertising career I learnt the techniques of oil painting, watercolours, pastels and charcoal life drawing from the well known Art teacher Ryno Swart, and that put me firmly on the path of becoming a Fine Artist.
 
I have spent the last 23 years painting in oils and taking part in many group exhibitions and displaying my work in Galleries. My first love is the challenge of portrait and figure work, but I love the colours of the simple still life, and I like to revisit wildlife and also love the amazing experience of abstract work.  
I try to paint from life, where possible, as it's easier to get the essence of a person or the atmosphere of a place when confronted with the challenge of the reality.

 

​My inspiration in earlier years came from my amazingly talented artistic father, Neil Pedersen and our great family friend Angus MacBride, who was a world renowned Illustrator, and of course my Art teacher Ryno Swart who spent many years reading to us from John Ruskin's books and teaching us the classic art of painting. 

I love painting and experimenting and I have taken part in group exhibitions and had 2 solo exhibitions. I have also illustrated 4 children's books and am completing a 5th book at the moment. I have also been teaching oil painting classes and workshops since 2013

I have lived in Cheshire, England with my family for the past twelve years and have been inspired by the lovely bird life here, and the local English wildlife which we regularly see, foxes, badgers, swans, ducks and geese. These have all inspired me, and many paintings of robins and magpies have emerged from my studio !!

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WORK HISTORY IN ADVERTISING

I started work straight from school in 1974 as a JUNIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER and learned everything in the studio.

During my time in advertising I designed magazine and newspaper ads, illustrating artwork, designing  logos, letterheads, leaflets, menus, posters, flyers, packaging and point of sale promotional merchandise items. I directed photo shoots for various ads.

 

LINTAS ADVERTISING  Harare, Zimbabwe   16-12-1974  –  28-02-1978

LINDSAY SMITHERS-FCB CAPE  Cape Town, South Africa  01-04-1978  -  31-05-1980

McCANN ERICKSON CAPE  Cape Town, South Africa  16-06-1980  -  28-02-1081

IMA (INTERNATIONAL MARKETING & ADVERTISING) CAPE  Cape Town, South Africa   

01-08-1982  -  30-06-1987

BARKER McCORMAC CAPE  Cape Town, South Africa  01-07-1987  -  31-08-1988

IMA (INTERNATIONAL MARKETING & ADVERTISING) CAPE  Cape Town, South Africa   

01-09-1988  -  01-11-1996

Computer Training  -  Apple Mac Pagemaker 4.2 & 5.0

BLUEPRINT MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS  Cape Town, South Africa

01-11-1996  -  31-08-1997     IMA  &  3D  merged to form Blueprint.

PAINTING - GALLERIES - EXHIBITIONS - OPEN STUDIOS - ILLUSTRATING - TEACHING

I studied Fine Art from 1994 to 1997 in the evening classes with  Ryno Swart in Observatory, Cape Town.

We learnt the classic techniques of painting and drawing and only painted from life,

our subjects included portraiture, figure studies and still life.

The mediums we learnt were oil paint, watercolour, pastel, charcoal and pencil.

We took part in many group exhibitions during those years in Observatory,

Cape Town and Paarl.

We came to live in Warrington in the UK in 2008 and I continued to paint and take part in exhibitions and went on to do some illustrating and then some teaching.

HOUT STREET GALLERY PAARL, SOUTH AFRICA - 12th SUMMER SALON -

30 November 1995 - 31 January 1996

HOUT STREET GALLERY PAARL, SOUTH AFRICA -  13th SUMMER SALON 

28 November 1996 - 31st January 1997

CAPE GALLERY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA  - 7th July 1998

THE ARTISTS' GALLERY, OBSERVATORY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - 1997

KALK STREET GALLERY, KALK BAY, SOUTH AFRICA

CARMEL ARTS & CRAFTS, CONSTANTIA, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - 1996

BELL' ART GALLERY, TYGERVALLEY CENTRE, DURBANVILLE, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - 1997-1998

GEMSA EXHIBITION, EDGEMEAD, CAPE TOWN - December 1998

ART PORTFOLIO EXHIBITION, KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS, CAPE TOWN,

SOUTH AFRICA - 17th January 2003

THE COLLECTOR'S GUIDE TO ART AND ARTISTS IN SOUTH AFRICA, published by

The South African Institute of Artists & Designers 2003

THE SOUTH AFRICAN ART INFORMATION DIRECTORY  SAAID 2005

THE SOUTH AFRICAN ART INFORMATION DIRECTORY  SAAID 2006

 

STUDIO ART GALLERY, WARRINGTON, UK - 2008

NEWA NATIONAL EXHIBITION WILDLIFE ART, WIRRAL, UK - 18th July 2008 - 3rd August 2008

UNICORN GALLERY, WIDNES, UK - 2009

BURTONWOOD ART SHOW, WARRINGTON, UK - 27th & 28th June 2009

AFRICAN ANIMAL WORLD.COM, ABC's FROM THE WILDS OF AFRICA,

Illustration of Children's Books, Illustrations done in oils and pages set up in Photoshop, border created in Photoshop 2010

AFRICAN ANIMAL WORLD.COM, ABC's COLOURING BOOK FROM THE WILDS OF AFRICA, Illustration of Children's Books 2011

AFRICAN ANIMAL WORLD.COM, THE AARDVARKS NOSE, Illustration of Children's Books 2012

AFRICAN ANIMAL WORLD.COM, BAKUNA'S BABIES, Illustration of Children's Books 2013   www.africananimalworld.com

AFRICAN ANIMAL WORLD.COM, THE AFRICAN WILDLIFE RUNNING CLUB, Illustration of Children's Books - start 5th April 2013 - still in progress......

G1ART, WINDEMERE, LAKE DISTRICT, UK - 10 November 2010

NEWA NATIONAL EXHIBITION WILDLIFE ART, WIRRAL, UK - 16th July 2010 - 1st August 2010

NEWA NATIONAL EXHIBITION WILDLIFE ART, WIRRAL, UK - 15th July 2011 - 31st July 2011

THE BEST OF NORTHERN ART, WARRINGTON, UK - EXHIBITION

2nd April 2012 - 12th March 2012

THE BEST OF NORTHERN ART, WARRINGTON, UK - EXHIBITION 1st March 2014

THE BEST OF NORTHERN ART, WARRINGTON, UK - Teaching oil painting classes 2013

THE BEST OF NORTHERN ART, WARRINGTON, UK - Teaching oil painting classes 2014

THE BEST OF NORTHERN ART, WARRINGTON, UK - Teaching oil painting classes 2015

THE BEST OF NORTHERN ART, WARRINGTON, UK - Teaching oil painting classes 2016

UNICORN GALLERY, WILSLOW, UK - 28th February 2014

PICTURESQU PHOTOGRAPHY & FRAMING, WARRINGTON, UK - SOLO EXHIBITION

2nd October 2014 - 16th October 2014

STOCKTON HEATH ART EXHIBITION 2015 - JUDGE EXHIBITION

PYTHON OPEN GALLERY AT BANK QUAY, WARRINGTON, UK - October 2015

CASTLE PARK ARTS CENTRE, FRODSHAM, UK - 30th OPEN ART EXHIBITION -

14th November 2015 - 2nd January 2016

SILVERSTAR GALLERY, CHESTER, UK - 7th May 2016

ARTWORK STUDIOS & GALLERY, NORTHWICH, UK - 29th May 2016

GATEWAY, WARRINGTON, UK - 13th June 2016 - 19th July 2016

TATTON PARK, KNUTSFORD, UK - EXHIBITION 19th August - 5th September 2016

THE GALLERY AT BANK QUAY, WARRINGTON, UK - EXHIBITION ''FOUR' 4 local female artists - 4th March 2017 - 11April 2017

GATEWAY, WARRINGTON, UK - 19th July 2016

THE OLD SCHOOL FAIRFIELD, WARRINGTON, UK - Oil painting classes - 2017

THE OLD SCHOOL FAIRFIELD, WARRINGTON, UK - Oil painting classes - 2018

THE OLD SCHOOL FAIRFIELD, WARRINGTON, UK - Oil painting classes - 2019

FRINGE FESTIVAL OPEN STUDIOS, OLD SCHOOL FAIRFIELD, WARRINGTON, UK -  

7th October 2017

ARTIST POP UP STUDIO WALTON HALL & GARDENS, WARRINGTON, UK - 22nd October 2017

CASTLE PARK ARTS CENTRE, FRODSHAM, UK - SOLO EXHIBITION

22nd September 2017 - 1st November 2017

GRAPPENHALL LIBRARY, WARRINGTON, UK - 17 April 2018 - 15th May 2018

COURTYARD ART GALLERY, WARRINGTON, UK - 1st April 2018 - 1st May 2018

FRINGE FESTIVAL OPEN STUDIOS, OLD SCHOOL FAIRFIELD, WARRINGTON, UK -

27th October 2019

WARRINGTON CREATIVES COLLECTIVE OPEN STUDIOS, 23rd June 2019

FRINGE FESTIVAL OPEN STUDIOS, OLD SCHOOL FAIRFIELD, WARRINGTON,UK -

5th October 2019

TATTON PARK, KNUTSFORD, UK - 20th August 2019 - 26th August 2019

WCAF19 OPEN EXHIBITION, WARRINGTON MUSEUM & LIBRARY, UK, October 2019

WARRINGTON CREATIVES COLLECTIVE XMAS MARKET, GRAPPENHALL HAYES WALLED GARDEN, UK - 16th November 2019

TECHNICALLY BRILLIANT ART, GOLDEN SQUARE, WARRINGTON, UK - 21st November 2019

 

 

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