Hilton artist paints ‘little gems’ to help hospice

2011-11-07 00:00

HILTON artist Marion Lowe is taking up one of the biggest challenges of her career — painting 40 pictures in 40 days to help raise money for Howick Hospice.

The project, which got under way on Saturday, will see her creating one painting every day until December 15.

Asked why she has decided on this novel way of fundraising, Lowe said: “I got a phone call from someone at the hospice asking for donations. When I put the phone down, I thought, what a job trying to get money out of people like this in the middle of a recession. Then in the middle of the night I thought, why not?”

She believes her project is a way of giving back to an organisation that provided loving care when her father was ill.

Lowe will produce a series of floral, landscape and figure paintings, each measuring 13 by 18 cm, in oils. Her little gems, as she calls them, will be priced at R500 and available online at www. marionlowe.com. Part of the proceeds will go to Howick Hospice.

“I don’t normally paint such small works, so this series will be a bit of a challenge,” she said.

Lowe, who started out painting in watercolours, uses the rich shades and textures of oils to give life to her paintings and to reflect her love of flowers and nature. Her paintings are impressionistic.

Lowe began painting in the late eighties under the tutorship of acclaimed oils painter Anne Lindsell-Steward and later with landscape water colourist Richard Rennie. She has had many successful solo and group exhibitions, and her paintings grace homes all over the world.

Her paintings can be viewed by appointment in her studio at her home in Hilton. She also exhibits at Sue Tarr’s Summer House in Hilton.

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