|Born in Paarl in 1921|
Her love of plant life began at a young age, as she producd her first botanial paintings, studies of flowers sbe colleted at Bain's Kloof, at the age of 9.
She attended highschool at La Rochelle in Paarl, upon graduating she pursued her passion for botanical art at the Mowbray Teachers Training College in Cape Town. She declined an offer to work as botanical artist at the National Herbarium, Pretoria in 1946, to continue her art studies at the Royal Academy in Stockholm, Sweden.
After returning to South Africa on the completion of her studies she pursued a career in education. She was the principal of the Hugo Naude Art Center in Worcester, principal of Stellenbosch Art Center, an art lecturer at Cape Town Trainings Center and at the Tygerberg Technical College.
Her work was exhibited by the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in 1988, the Audubon Naturalist Society and by the Naturalist Center at the Smithonian Museum of Natural History, in 1989. Latest exhibitions in Stellenbosch, August/September 2013: SASOL Museum and The PJ Olivier Art Centre (honouring their first principal during the 60 years anniversary celebration)
She was married to the artist Appie van Wyk and they had 2 daughters (both of them professional artists) and a son (a professor in botany at the University of Johannesburg )564+
Artist: ELISE BODLEY
Title: Hill Valley
Size: 46 x 28 cm
Price: R 8 000 Framed