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The Father of a Nation

“The Father of a Nation” was inspired by the UAE46 Art Competition to create a piece for 46th National Day. As many referred to His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan as the “The Father of a Nation”, I wanted to create a portrait in honour of him.

I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used a variety of different recycled materials for the flag. The materials range from Coca-Cola cans, Nespresso Coffee capsules as well as white milk, cereal, toothpaste and soap boxes.

Title: “The Father of a Nation”

Dimensions: 1500mm x 1000mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic Paint, Coco-Cola Cans, Recycled Nespresso Capsules, Milk Boxes, canvas packaging)

 

 

What Else Penelope

“What Else Penelope?” was inspired by the Nespresso and my love of coffee I wanted to create a piece that represents Nespresso. One of the actors that they have used in their campaigns is Penelope Cruz. In the commercials, they refer to Nespresso and say “What Else” and this was the main inspiration in creating this piece.

I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used different coloured recycled Nespresso capsules in a pattern to add to the theme. I have added a lamp to represent my “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” lamp with Swarovski crystals.

Title: “What Else Penelope?”

Dimensions: 910mm x 610mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic Paint, Nespresso Capsules)

What Else Danny

“What Else Danny?” was inspired by the Nespresso and my love of coffee I wanted to create a piece that represents Nespresso. One of the actors that they have used in their campaigns is Danny DeVito. In the commercials, they refer to Nespresso and say “What Else” and this was the main inspiration in creating this piece.

I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used different coloured recycled Nespresso capsules in a pattern to add to the theme.

Title: “What Else Danny?”

Dimensions: 910mm x 610mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic Paint, Nespresso Capsules)

What Else George?

“What Else George?” was inspired by Nespresso and my love for coffee. I wanted to create a piece that represents Nespresso and what better than their patron, George Clooney. In the commercials, they refer to Nespresso and say “What Else” and this was the main inspiration in creating this piece.

I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used different coloured recycled Nespresso capsules in a pattern to add to the theme.

Title: “What Else George?”

Dimensions: 910mm x 610mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic Paint, Nespresso Capsules)

Blood is Thicker than Water

“Blood is Thicker than Water“ was inspired by a photograph I took on a camping trip in Mozambique. One of the local ladies that helped us around camp also had a small store where we were able to purchase a few items. As we arrived at the store, we spent some time with her children. They were all playing around, and I just had to capture the bond that they shared.

I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used recycled water bottle caps and wrappers that add to the theme of the painting, that “Blood is Thicker than Water”.

Title: “Blood is Thicker than Water”

Dimensions: 1000 mm x 1000mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic Paint, water bottle caps and wrappers)

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Young Love

“Young Love” was inspired by a photograph I took while sitting at a cafe in Old Havana. There was a group of children playing when I spotted this boy and girl walking away from the group saying goodbye to their friends. Just as I took the photo the boy looked back to his friends and gave them a thumbs up, looking very proud as he had a beautiful lady at his side.

I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used a combination of different recycled materials to depict a sunset that they are walking off into.

Title: “Young Love”

Dimensions: 900 mm x 600mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic Paint, candy wrappers, canvas packaging, paint boxes and cereal boxes)

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The Woman Behind The Hat

“The Woman Behind The Hat” was inspired by a photograph I took at the floating market in Bangkok. We were ‘floating’ by a variety of different stores while in our boats, one of them was that of a beautiful Thai lady selling hats. There was just something about her, and I wanted to capture the moment with her smile in my art.

I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used recycled Softi candy wrappers.    I wanted the background to represent the hustle and bustle of the market, and added roses made from the wrappers on the one hat to compliment the beauty of this woman’s smile.

Title: “The Woman Behind The Hat”

Dimensions: 700mm x 500mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic paint,)

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Milibangalala Menina

“Milibangalala Menina” was inspired by a photograph I took on a camping trip in Mozambique. One of the local ladies that helped us around camp also had a small store where we were able to purchase a few items. As we arrived at the store, we spent some time with the children, and I just fell in love with this little girl.

I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used recycled chocolate wrappers, milk boxes, pasta boxes, ziplock bag boxes and gorilla cereal. To add to the playfulness of children I have hidden a few gorillas in the background. Although through the playfulness of the colour, there is still a form of structure with the pattern of the milk boxes throughout the painting.

The title of the painting is referring to the area in Mozambique where we were, Milibangalala and the word Menina is Portuguese for girl.

Title: “Milibangalala Menina”

Dimensions: 700mm x 500mm

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On Route To Uhuru

“On Route To Uhuru” was inspired by a photo I took while tracking on the Rongai route of Kilimanjaro. This is where my path met with this little girl whose family was selling cold drinks, snacks and a few other bits at their stall close to their home. This was our last chance to purchase items on our route, and we took a little break. I was so fascinated with this beautiful little girl in her bright dress. She was so friendly and came to greet us in Swahili “Jambo” As I knew very little Swahili and she did not speak English we spoke very little. She had such a positivity about her and left me so inspired. It was that smile, that kept me going, and at times when the trek seemed to be bringing me down, I would remember this little girl and her positivity.

I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used recycled Nespresso capsules and Softi candy wrappers. The recycled materials were cut and arranged to form a pattern in an array of different colours.

It was while travelling to Ireland on our summer holiday when myself and my husband met Amber and Tom. They shared their daughter, Willow’s story with us and  I was so touched by their story and wanted to contribute in any way I could. The first thing that came to mind was to send them positivity and something that can inspire them as well. This was when I thought of the little girl I met “On Route To Uhuru”, and I knew I had to share it with them. A few days later she was all boxed up and on route to the US, where she will be part of a silent auction to raise as much money as possible for the United MSD Foundation.

Title: “On Route To Uhuru”

Dimensions: 910mm x 610mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic paint, Nespresso Capsules, Softi Candy Wrappers)

Donated to United MSD Foundation and auctioned off in a silent auction in Louisiana.

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Moshanyana

“Moshanyana” was inspired by a photo that I took at our family farm in South Africa. I baked cupcakes for the worker’s children. This little boy enjoyed his cupcake so much, although he struggled to hold the cupcake in his tiny hand. I wanted to capture in my art the message that something good in your life might not always be easy but it will be worth it.

I used acrylic paint with a monochrome colour scheme for the portrait and for contrast in the background I used recycled Nespresso capsules and Softi candy wrappers. The recycled materials were cut and arranged to form a pattern in an array of different colours.

The title meaning, little Boy in Southern Sotho as this was the native language of the boy.

Title: “Moshanyana”

Dimensions: 910mm x 610mm

Medium: Mixed Medium (Acrylic paint, Nespresso Capsules, Softi Candy Wrappers)

Sold, in a private art collection.

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