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Batchelder, Michele

I was born in Namibia in 1958. Lived in Cape Town and then Durban where I grew up and was educated. Although mostly self-taught, I did a three year Fine Art Course at Durban Commercial High School which I completed in 1976, majoring in ceramics and painting.

I began painting at the age of 3 with the encouragement of my father and uncle who both saw potential in my early scribbles. At the age of 5, they bought me oils which I love. I have since discovered so many new and exciting products, but still now and then do the odd oil painting.

After leaving school I continued to paint, draw and had a pottery studio, where I taught and produced ceramics for the local art stores.

I am inspired by many things... things I see, touch, feel and hear. When travelling through this vast country of such beauty, it never ceases to amaze how varied the landscape and people are. The images I get in my mind’s eye translates the feelings that music creates for me. I love textures and create texture to mimic the feeling of, for example, leather, rock, or sand. And... Of course... people... Such colourful creatures! The different cultures and their different beliefs are always an inspiration!