Nelisiwe (Sarah Nelisiwe Anderson) has been working as an illustrator, mainly of children's picture books, for the past five years.
However, in 2011, she took three months off work and devoted it to her own artistic endeavours.
She is now exhibiting some of the fruits of her labour at New Plymouth's Real Tart Gallery. Her works are inspired by art deco palettes and patterns, and the fresh, free-ness of splattery abstract painting, but combined with her love of character and deeper philosophical musings.
She is particularly interested in our temporary nature and our existence as patterns, structuring matter and energy as it passes through us.
"In essence we are the same as the world around us, but we are looking out at the world/ourselves through our own particular set of eyes."
Nelisiwe is a Zulu name and is pronounced Nel-a-see-way.
Nelisiwe grew up in the bush and on the beaches of the Coromandel. She always had a passion for drawing and creating things, which led to her studying illustration, design and film in Wellington (BDesHons).
Nelisiwe recently moved to Taranaki and already loves living here, but she plans to spend the summer travelling the country in her caravan to learn about different ways of living on the land and more closely with other people.
Other exhibitions currently on in the Real Tart Gallery include Cut and Polished - an exhibition of Small Sculptures in Taranaki Andesite Stone. Shirley Peck has an exhibition of pastels downstairs and the Saturday Art Group is exhibiting its members' work, which shows how observations and emotions influence paintings.
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