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I was the child in the class who saw fairies dancing on slanted sunbeams through the windows, who had 7 imaginary horses that came to school every day, and who could draw! At the age of 4 or 5 I remember my grandmother trying desperately to stop me drawing with my left hand - a bad omen in Scottish Folklore. So, I was different....born with a talent and a remarkable imagination. Thus began my journey with art.

Born in 1951, in Glasgow, Scotland, I attended school until the age of 17, then began a teaching diploma at college, combining it with classes at Glasgow School of Art. I graduated with a specialised diploma in children’s art, and went on to teach in Fife, Scotland.

In 1976 I immigrated to Australia, with my husband and young daughter. We lived for 3 years in Sydney, and art took a back seat to my family. With baby number two in tow, I found myself living in Papua New green, so vivid, so full of potential paintings. Taking up my skill once more, I exhibited in New Guinea, and then back in Western Australia.

1982 saw me living in Johannesburg, where I attended a 9 month advertising course with Jeff Janet at “The Art Foundation” in Rosebank. Nedbank gave me a solo exhibition in 1984, and I continued in mostly acrylics. Working with Hazel Thompson, a renowned Johannesburg artist, I fell in love with soft pastels. Hazel taught me all I know about pastel painting. I exhibited at Norscott Manor, and having joined the West Rand Art Society, I exhibited with them too.

Eventually I formed my own company, "Anne is Art" and techniqued walls, painted murals, even bush lodges (The Bush House/Madikwe,) for private clients. My work continued to sell privately, as well as internationally in Scotland, where I exhibited in Castle Sween, in the Scottish Highlands.

Four years ago I settled in Hoedspruit where I taught art at Southern Cross Wildlife School. Living in the same reserve as the school, I gave the children private lessons, and began to teach adults as well. My private lessons are wonderful, as I watch my students develop, each in their own style. Together with friends, we formed Hoedspruit Artists Association, of which I am a director. We hold many local exhibitions, through H.A.A. and I recently held a group exhibition for my students at the reserve.

My preferred medium is now oil, but acrylics, inks and pastels are a very close second!

When I paint I love to express the movement and emotion that is Africa. My style is mostly taken from the Impressionists; I like to work with quick bold strokes, but will also render a detailed art work, for concentration purposes. People are my strength, everyday African life, and earthy colours with flashes of light. My dream is to continue to paint until my hands fall off!

- Anne Watt

Anne has exhibited in Scotland, Australia, Papua New Guinea and South Africa.

Title: African Face
Size: 107 x 76 cm
Media: Oil and Ink
Price: R 10 500 Unramed
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