Lynda Murison lives in Great Brak River and is a member of the South Cape Association for Visual Arts (SCAVA). She used to be a fashion designer in order to put bread on the table, but now she is finally in a place where she can practise her passion for art full-time. She also teaches weekly art classes in her home studio, and she tries to carry her joy and love for art over to her students. Here, she tells the story of how doing her own art and not painting for someone else has given her creative freedom.
“I’m an artist, I paint every day. I studied through various teachers and mentors, however, there is only one way to improve, and that is to keep painting to keep practising. Like a jogger has an endorphin release, painting puts me in another zone. It’s quite an addictive place to be, the perfect place.
“I’ve been painting all my life, but due to economic reasons I turned to the fashion industry. I remained in the industry until I came to Great Brak River, which was several years ago when I retired. I’ve had a few successful exhibitions in Pretoria, through which realized my passion. I worked hard at my art to enable me to paint on a full-time basis. Since I’ve been in Great Brak River, I have sold quite a lot of my paintings for which I feel very grateful and blessed, as it’s not easy to get into the art world.
“My fashion designs where created with a purpose…. how many of these can I make in the shortest period of time to equal a profit at the end of the day?’ I don’t ever expect to sell any of my paintings. I paint purely because I have to. Some people have to jog, some people have to drink, some have to smoke, I have to paint!