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About Nora Newton

Nora Newton's technique of glazing and layering of soft, muted colours coupled with bold composition captures the peace and tranquility of these most beautiful and isolated areas of our country and in so doing effortlessly transforms the mood of the viewer.

South Africa's wondrous natural environment is the inspiration for Nora Newton's evocative and sensitively rendered canvasses. She is especially drawn to the horizontal waterscapes of Churchhaven on the Cape West Coast's Langebaan lagoon, the solitary expanses of the arid Karoo and the deserted beaches of the Eastern Cape's Wild Coast where Nguni cattle appear the only inhabitants as they lazily soak up the sun on the sea shore.

"I'm constantly inspired by the beauty of nature and especially love the play of light in the early morning and late afternoons when the world becomes saturated in colour. This is when I do most of my small preparatory oil sketches for my paintings. It is a magical time, and always calming, quiet and peaceful. It's where I find my inspiration and it is what I am always striving to convey in my work," says Newton.

Newton grew up with the sea and mountains of Cape Town while childhood holidays near Beaufort West in the Karoo sparked her passion for rural South Africa. She has spent the last 11 years surrounded by the vineyards and soaring peaks of Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Paarl and her outdoor passions for mountain biking, hiking and horse trailing have taken her to some of the country's most unexplored areas whether on the coast or inland.

And art has always been part of her world. She studied art as a subject for matric and qualified as a graphic designer at the Cape Technikon. After a number of years working in advertising agencies in Cape Town and Johannesburg she decided to satisfy a life-long ambition to study Fine Art and pursue a career as a full time artist.

Courses with various artists, among them Sheri Hornsey, Ryno Swart and Marcelle Lyons plus painting workshops in South Africa, Greece and Venice (where again she was inspired by light and water) helped map the way forward. Her first successful solo exhibition was held in Franschhoek in 1995.

She has since had 5 solo exhibitions and regularly participates in group exhibitions. Her work is held in private collections throughout South Africa, in the United States and Europe.

June 2001 - Solo, Edrich Art, Stellenbosch
March 2006 to February 2007 - Solo, Melissa's, Newlands
June 2007 - Solo, Investment Art, Loop Street, Cape town
March 2008 - Group, Grande Provence, Franschhoek
June 2008 - Solo, Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch
October 2008 - Group, Riverbend Art Gallery, Southbroom
November 2008 - Group, Grande Provence, Franschhoek
February 2009 - Solo, Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch
June 2009 - Group, Elizabeth Gordon Gallery, Durban
February 2010 - Solo, Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch
June 2010- Group, IS Art, Franschhoek
October 2010 - Group, Cherie de Villiers, Rosebank JHB
February 2012 - Solo, Dorp Street Gallery, Stellenbosch
November 2012 - Group, Christopher Moller Art, Cape Town
November 2012 - Group, Elizabeth Gordon Gallery, Durban