AllAboutWilmington.com annouces the selection of Roslyn Hancock as our "Featured Artist"
BORN: Germiston, South Africa
BA English and Art, Rhodes University, SA
Emigrated to USA: 1993
"In one form or another, I have involved myself in art all my life, - but painting has been the constant.
I was born and raised in South Africa by parents who encouraged any talents they saw in their children. For me this included riding, tennis, swimmimg, ballet, and also art at the local Technical College on Saturday mornings, - memorable mostly for being in a freezing building.
Today, my paintings often result from a nostalgic emotion. I love the glory of startlingly beautiful garden flowers like my mother grew and I grow now: the sea and waves and rocks with spray. How wonderful the summer holidays were! I spent many hours roaming the neighbourhood or strolling along the beach, - it was fairly safe for a child alone in those days . . . And other times I happily cooped myself in my room with a sketch book, vase of white daisies, or seagull’s wing found on the beach, and water colours.
It was lucky I liked my own company, as my brother and sister were too young to be companions. I was a thoughtful serious child, and had long conversations with myself, sorting out my problems. With my thoughts and art I felt I could control my own world.
My first professional appointment was teaching art to the girls at Springfield Convent, K to 12. I was newly married and fresh out of university, armed with a BA in Art and English and teaching diploma. In the early years of our married life, Rob and I often painted plein air together in oils. Then our children came, and I became a stay-at-home-mom until both boys were at school, when I started garden designing and consulting, - a wonderful outlet for my artistic needs, as I was working with color, shape and form.
The family's immigration to America gave me a chance to return to painting, and I tried acrylics for the first time. We now live in Wilmington, where Rob holds a position as Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at UNCW, and I currently paint commissions or works that inspire me.
Painting with acrylics has been such an interesting learning curve, especially as the companies producing the pigments are continually coming up with new mediums that improve the handing of the paint.
My studio is my haven and I feel blessed to work on my own, - exploring my creative possibilities in style and technique, and expressing my artistic impulse to reflect the positives I see in life. There's not a moment to be wasted!" ~ Roslyn Hancock
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