Coast artist, painting since age six

2016-06-15 06:00
Sheila Fraser with one of her portraits. Photo: tania sandberg

Sheila Fraser with one of her portraits. Photo: tania sandberg

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SOUTH Coast artist, Sheila Fraser has been painting since the age of six.
“My grandfather inspired me, he was an archaeologist and was always drawing. I still have some drawings, among others, some of the Zimbabwian ruins,” Fraser said.

Frazer’s favourite subject is wildlife in graphite (pencil) or pen sketches. The Big Five welcomes visitors to her home from most of the walls, so do exquisite portraits of people.
“Because I love drawing the eyes,” Fraser said.

Her wildlife sketches are sought after and Fraser sold 300 sets of six cups with the Big Five under the brand Safari Art. These sketches were also originally done in graphite or ink.

“The Big Five was always predominant in my work. I had a couple of different Big Five animals,” she said.
Fraser also does well with her pet portraits and has done many on request.

According to her, her whole family is a bit artistic and having gone to a convent school, she gave up music in favour of art. After completing her schooling, Fraser studied commercial art in Johannesburg for three years and taught ballroom classes at night. She started her career with a company that imported Pentax cameras as a graphic designer.
“My duties included window dressing and designing cameras and lenses. I drew on a scraper board, which is either a white board on which you make images scraping off the white or a black board, scraping off the white. I bought a Pentax and then did photography as a hobby,” she said.

This has done her well in later years.
“Every artist has something to copy from and I work from photographs,” she said.

Fraser also worked for well-known advertising company, J. Walter Thompson in Rhodesia.

“Then I had my first child and never really did any art. I re-entered the working environment as a secretary and did not go back to art. In those days, designing was a fast developing industry,” she explained.
Fraser has a son aged 52 and a daughter aged 48. She has three grandchildren in South Sfrica and four grandchildren in England.

She joined the Upper South Coast Art Association (USCAA) two years ago.
“I now do prints and beadwork. I also never exhibited until now, and I attribute it to the association. USCAA keeps us very challenged, with monthly themed competitions and other challenges. This month we are attempting to paint in the style of an renowned artist and I’ll do Renior when the club meets again,” she added.

“Sheila’s artwork is in demand, because it is so unique and when we do competitions, she always comes first or second,” said USCAA chairperson, Patricia McCann.

USCASSA meets every third Saturday of the month. The next meeting is on 18 June. - Supplied.

My duties included window dressing and designing cameras and lenses. I drew on a scraper board, which is either a white board on which you make
images scraping off the white, or a black board, scraping off the white. I bought a Pentax and then did photography as
a hobby

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