South Africa’s wondrous natural environment is the inspiration for Nora Newton’s evocative and sensitively rendered canvases. She is especially drawn to 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.”
Her technique of glazing and layering of soft, muted colours coupled with bold composition captures the peace and tranquillity of these most beautiful and isolated areas of our country and effortlessly transforms the mood of the viewer.
Nora grew up with the sea and mountains of Cape Town while childhood holidays 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.
Having qualified as a graphic designer at the Cape Technikon, Nora went on to study Fine Art and pursue a career as a full time artist.
She exhibits regularly and her work is held in private collections throughout South Africa, USA and Europe.