LOCAL artist Luïse van Eeden spoke to the Fever’s Purnal Poonusamy about her passion for painting and some of her favourite things about the craft. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I am Luïse van Eeden. I’ve lived all over the place, with the last five years here in Durban. Before that I lived for about nine years in Sri Lanka, and before that I lived for about 15 years in the North Coast of KZN. PP: What are some of your hobbies and interests? LE: I love gardening; to create a beautiful garden really inspires my art, so it goes hand in hand. I was very interested in making clothes, designing and creating. I had a boutique many years ago, on the East Rand, and after that myself and my husband were called into ministry work. That’s how we actually landed in Sri Lanka. At the moment I’m just a housewife; I’m a full time artist. PP: What got you started on painting? LE: It started in high school. I had a very lovely art teacher and, when I was in grade eight, she allowed us art students to help her paint a big backdrop for our yearly school play and that’s how I got interested. She really inspired us. PP: What are some of the inspiration behind your work? LE: I would say, most of all, creation, and the beauty around us. PP: Do you have a favourite artist or a favourite piece of work? LE: Yes I do, its South African artists. I love the work of Roelof Rossouw, he’s an artist in Cape Town. Another favourite of mine is Errol Boyley, he’s deceased already and I happen to have one of his paintings, I love it, it’s beautiful. PP: What medium do you use to paint, and why do you prefer it? LE: At the moment I’m only doing oils, for the last, I would say, five years. Before that I only painted in acrylics, which is a very fast medium — you have to work fast. So it was quite a transition for me to use oils, but I’m getting there. I’ve also done a little bit of pastel art. PP: How does painting make you feel? LE: For many years I didn’t paint, for about 20-25 years. I didn’t have the opportunity to pick up the brush so when I started again it was such a feeling of fulfilment that I experienced. I suppose, because you always want to express yourself in your art, if you can’t it ties you down, so the moment I could start again was really very fulfilling.