FOR Hillcrest resident Friederike Macquet, painting is more than a passion, it is a way she can use her talent to give back.
Currently hosting an exhibition at the Hillcrest Private Hospital, Macquet will be donating a minimum of 30% of the sales of her work to the Gift of the Givers, founded by Imtiaz Sooliman and the Kloof and Highway SPCA, where she volunteers in her spare time.
Macquet’s passion for art began as a child growing up in a family of artists.
“My grandfather loved to paint and I am lucky to still have one of his works, ‘Sheep and Shepherd’ which was painted in the middle of Holland, De Veluwe.
“My late father was a great Vincent van Gogh admirer and tried to imitate the work of his idol successfully. I can still picture him getting on the train to Amsterdam, catalogue and books under his arm, to spend days in the Van Gogh Museum.
“I still use some of his brushes and Rembrandt oils for sentimental reasons 35 years later.”
She said her paintings are based on photos she has taken on her extensive travels all over the world as well as objects, people, animals or scenes that intrigue her or touch her heart.
“I have been painting all my life and painting goes far back into my family history in the Netherlands where I lived most of my life. I painted mostly by myself.
“Thirteen years ago I came to live in Hillcrest. I started following painting classes with Shirley Howls, Eve Page, Sue Green, workshops with Jane Digby and was privileged and excited to be accepted by Dee Donaldson in Durban some time ago.
“I intend to grow and change my style and subjects all the time and be influenced by the work of other artists all over the world,” she said.
“Follow your dreams and intuition,” is her message to artists.
“It’s not an easy path to be an artist and make a living of it, even if you are brilliant.
“Don’t give up, even when you are 80 like Grandma Moses - you can still paint, write and follow what makes you, you.”
She encouraged people to be charitable.
“Always give back something, even from the little you have. You have more than you think.”
To support Macquet’s exhibition visit her exhibition at the Hillcrest Private Hospital this month.
For more information, contact her on 084 323 2323 or email