Pinetown artist - ‘moved to paint’

2016-07-12 06:05
PHOTO: supplied Pinetown artist Shirley Howell.

PHOTO: supplied Pinetown artist Shirley Howell.

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PINETOWN artist Shirley Howells wants to share her experiences using art.
“I want to tell stories, share experiences, involve the emotions of the viewers through painting. From the first daub of paint on a canvas I knew that what I really wanted to do with my life was paint – it was to take another 10 years before I could realise that dream.

“And so it all began in the wrong side of 50, so much to learn, to achieve, to absorb which made the whole journey that much more thrilling with not a moment to lose.

“From realism to what could be described as traditional, modern impressionism, but with an underlying passion for colour and light. I attempt, and sometimes get to paint energy and passion - movement.

“I want to tell stories, share experiences, involve the emotions of viewers, to get them to see and experience what I have been moved to paint,” said Howell.

She says her work meanders down the path of romantic florals, portraiture, rustic landscapes with ramshackle buildings, people going about living their lives, musicians with attitude, quiet kitchen moments with inanimate objects.

“Who knows what will come next? I certainly don’t.”

Howells’s art has won many achievements in the past years.

“I have over the past 15 years won various awards, had work accepted in prestigious showings, been published in an international book on still life, been featured in SA Artist Magazine and have had work included in the collections of notable collectors, but the best affirmation has been having one of my works used on the set of Anant Singh’s movie, A Long Walk to Freedom.

“I don’t know where my journey will end.

“Each day a new beginning, a new insight as I drink in the sights and sounds of life, a life which I embrace to the fullest, and the living and sharing of which I hope will give you, the viewer, as much enjoyment in the viewing as I, the painter have had in the painting.”

Monthly art demonstrations are presented by a non-profit-organisation - North Coast Artists.

For more information contact Gloria Howard on 083 657 1901 or email


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