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Griffiths, Royalene

After matriculating from Pretoria High School for Girls in 1964, she undertook a career in graphic design, which she followed until her marriage.  Commencing in 1969, her early work was in brush and acrylic, covering a wide range of subject matter.  Later her professional work developed, using palette-knife and oils, and her flowers took on a bold and distinctive style.

Royalene is known here and abroad for her palette-knife florals in oil.  Examples of her work can be seen in galleries in some of the major cities in South Africa.  Private collectors in America, Australia, New Zealand, France and England bear testimony of her expertise.  She also had the privilege of having one of her florals accepted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

In South Africa specifically, her work forms part of the private collections of amongst others, Sandy Ngema, the Chris Hani-family and the Spillhaus private homestead.  The writer, Alec Natas's fascination with her work, prompted the following response: "It seems as if her emotions and her logical mind have come to terms, thus creating a tranquility and harmony of colour, resulting in works of great poetic beauty."

Corporate companies, amongst others BMW, have invested in her art for the embellishment of their offices.

Royalene exquisitely captures the very essence of floral beauty and splendour in incredible saturated colour.  Her very large pieces portray the strength and vibrancy of her unique and authentic style.  The latter is a result of her accepting the advice of Lesley Giblett (a custodian of hand-lettering) who cautioned her "never to take an art lesson in your life" because he said: "Royalene, you have an individuality that you must retain at all costs."