Lemon Dreams / Original / Early Work 2002
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"Lemon Dreams" by Santie Cronje - Original Acrylic on canvas, framed in a soft washed pine. A significant older work that will go on sale for our Birthday show from 15 May - 19 June.
About this piece
"The oldest work in this collection and one of only a handful where I signed the work, using my full name...it is packed full of symbolism and personal events that take me back to when I first arrived in New Zealand, from South Africa in 1999.
My earlier work focused on coping and settling into a new life away from my family. The silhouetted figure was of me sitting at a water fountain in Te Awamutu rose gardens... Painting myself into a work but not really, perfectly described the emotion of feeling out of place at the time.
Almost twenty years on and looking back at this work makes me feel very proud. Leaving one's home with a suitcase and jumping on a sailboat to explore the world, has led me here... still painting and telling stories..." Santie
Size: (h) 650mm x 525mm
An exclusive original with no prints available.
Originally from South Africa, Santie Cronje has called New Zealand home since 1999. Artist in residence and owner of Deciduus & Santie with partner Shane, she juggles a busy work - life balance. As a visual storyteller her paintings are closely connected to her life experiences, travels, thoughts and surroundings.
Formerly educated, Santie studied Art at school from age sixteen and completed a Bachelors of Arts at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) in 1994.
Her preferred medium is Acrylics, with its quick drying times and low toxicity. Her style has been described as “a delicate simplicity and elegance, which touches the childlike side of the heart” Santie is represented by a handful of selected galleries with her work held in private collections in New Zealand and abroad.