Eastern Cape Fine Artist
Petra was born in Bloemfontein in the Free State and grew up in Parys. She studied art at Bloemfontein Teacher’s College, while at the same time also doing extra courses with Michael Edwards. She received further tutelage from the experienced Titia Ballot and George Boys. In her later years she attended various workshops with well-known artist-Dale Elliot and most recently she went to America to study under Master-artist, Daniel Gerhardz. This course was experienced by Petra as very exciting, informative and ultimately one of the ” things to be done,” on her bucket list! In 2016, she returned to America to do the advanced course with Daniel.
Her work is a mixture of different art forms, but could mostly be described as “contemporary-impressionistic”. The art that she creates, reflects her inner feelings at a given moment. Petra’s aim is: to always grow and improve in her work – to succeed in transforming her feelings into conceptions and perceptions of her emotions and dreams. The result of all this inner questioning/thinking, would be the absolute honest production of her inner self.
Petra paints with a free, strong hand; while using the full dimension of colour, light and shadow to obtain depth of character and feeling. One of her tutors, Daniel Gerhardz has the following saying: “My desire as an artist is that the images I paint would point to the Almighty Creator and not to me”. Petra has made this her motto – which is used (and can be seen), in a subtle, though clear way throughout all of her work.
During the past 31 years, Petra had exhibited her work over the whole of South Africa and Namibia in numerous combined exhibitions. She also did one man exhibitions in Johannesburg, at Alice Art Gallery, (1995) and twice in Birmingham – at the world trade show. Her work is represented in different corporate buildings in South Africa as well as in private collections in England, Belgium, Germany and America.
Recent exhibitions were held in Canada, as well as a permanent exhibition in her Art Gallery in Jeffreys Bay.
For the past twelve years, Petra has been giving art workshops all over the country. The goal of these workshops is to inspire all new and experienced artists in such a way, that they will expand their visions and techniques in oil- and acrylic painting. Petra hopes that she will be able to teach her “workshop-students” to find joy in their own creations and to share the joy of their talents with other people as well.
Workshops will be hosted in future at the Jeffreys Bay Gallery.
If you want to know more about Petra as a person, you can read the following – which was said by one of her workshop students:
“Petra is a lively, energetic and very enthusiastic tutor. Her passion for art and Compassion for other human beings – shines through her brightly in every way that she communicates with others! She conveys her vast knowledge in an easy, understandable, practical way. Her workshops are great fun and she always has something positive and optimistic to say about everyone’s paintings. It is because of Petra that I have found a love for oil painting and can not wait for an opportunity to take up a brush!”