Not just a policeman

2019-06-11 06:01
Constable Warren Voight says art is therapy.

Constable Warren Voight says art is therapy.

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At first glance, you would think that he is a regular policeman who spends all his days chasing criminals.

But when he is not in his uniform, Constable Warren Voight spends his days creating masterpieces in the form of art.

His passion for art came naturally as his father is also very artistic.

In Grade 9, his parents enrolled him to the Hugo Naude Centre in Worcester as part of an after-school programme.

Voight’s art pieces consist of pencil sketches, acrylic and oil paintings of landscapes, seascapes, animals and portraits among others.

“I mostly use acrylics and sometimes a mixture of acrylics and oils to do paintings, but recently started watercolour paint. You could probably say that I am an all-rounder,” says Voight.

To this day, he has won multiple art competitions, and also designs work for functions and campaigns.

Having always had a dream of becoming a policeman, he enrolled at a police academy and finally joined the force in 2007 and the Cape Town Railway Police force in 2014. He regards art as ‘therapy’ for this his work in the force.

“I love the force because I have always wanted to serve and protect the community, but also to see peace in society and be part of the process in achieving it.”

He says the hardest part of his job is the impossible task of having to be ‘everywhere’ at all times.

“If you are a cop, you are also a paramedic; social worker; doctor; firefighter; a shoulder to cry on and sometimes somebody else’s parent in times of despair.”

He says people should follow their dreams by creating small goals for themselves and focusing on them.

“If you can master patience, then you can master anything.”

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