Linda Pretorius

Linda grew up in Pretoria and studied BA Multimedia at Tuks before moving to London and working as a florist. Here she met her husband, artist Willem Pretorius. Upon returning to South Africa the couple decided to move to Rosendal, in the Eastern Free State, to raise their family in the platteland and also to allow Willem to focus on painting.

Linda spent the next couple of years raising their 8 children and being Willem's agent, but she missed the flowers. She had some oil painting lessons as a child and decided to start painting the flowers from her garden. She especially enjoys painting old fashioned flowers like irises, roses, dahlias, zinnias, ranunculus etc. because of their bright, vibrant colours. In recent times, her subject matter has expanded to incorporate other objects from everyday life. 

The medium she works in is oil on stretched canvas. She hopes to give a fresh, contemporary feel to the very traditional subject of floral still lives. She finishes all of her paintings in one sitting and prefers not to go back afterwards to correct anything, capturing a feeling or mood in a specific time that you cannot go back to. The oil paint is applied very thickly (impasto), and her work is more impressionistic than realistic.

1979 -
Nationality: South African
Residence: Rosendal