Shaune’s latest works describe all that she loves about the natural world around us. Her paintings start off with a visit to Kirstenbosch or a hike in the Fynbos rich mountains of the peninsula, where she takes most of her reference photos.
“I find my painting begins at the point of looking and taking references. I know what I’m looking for and can immediately see when an image will most likely be suitable.
I then take it into a design programme and work on the layout and positioning of the image on the canvas – reviewing the lead-ins, rule of thirds, linking darks shapes and negative areas. I often use a bouquet of reference materials to work out the layout. However, I never fiddle with the colour – that’s for my paint!”
Shaune studied art up to matric, but it was only in 2013 that she took the decision to commit to painting as a full-time career. She started off by attending a year-long course with Lyn Northam. “She taught me, amongst many other things ‘to paint out of the lines’. She has become a valued mentor throughout this journey and I am indebted to her support and friendship”.
Determined to learn as much as possible, Shaune joined two art societies in 2012 (SASA: South African Society of Artists and CAS: Constantiaberg Art Society), where the regular demos and talks have supported her development. “I find this community of artists extremely supportive in sharing insights and tips”.