'Breath of Quiet', 08, oil on canvas, 137x137cm
'Tasting the Roses', 08, oil on canvas, 122x107cm
'Sunshine at my Feet III', 08, oil on board, 50x60cm
'Sunshine at my Feet V', 08, oil on board, 61x122cm
Thirza Kotzen in conversation with Rosie Pike
RP: So why gardens.......?
TK: Well they're places that inspire feelings of mysticism and majesty; the oldest and most important gardens in the world were created with this air of spirituality. A garden draws people to its centre and leads them on a journey through its design. Similarly in my paintings I hope to capture some of that immense wonder, pleasure and spiritual well-being that I find in gardens. I want to paint a magical and inspirational world through which the viewer can wander.
RP: I've always loved the way that you use such amazing colour in your work. Do you think your boldness and creative use of colour comes from your South African background?
TK: Yes I think it does. The colours I grew up with were very vibrant and intense. I only understood this when I came to live in Britain, that there was a different colour sensibility between South Africa and Northern Europe. South Africa is full of sunshine and light; here the light is so much cooler. But the way that I put colour together is very personal. It comes from somewhere deep inside me and has a force that is both mysterious and intangible. It is the most emotional part of my creativity. Using colour intuitively is an elemental part of my work.
Rosie Pike is a radio journalist.
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