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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Tisa Mertz


1961, born in Gauteng

Tisa Mertz is a professional artist working in oils and exploring people in everyday activities, most recently concentrating on women and their relationships with one another and their roles in society.

She has an Education Degree in Guidance Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch.

Tisa is a 47-year-old (2008) mother of three boys aged 19, 17 and 12 years.

As a child Tisa loved sketching starting oil painting classes at the age of 15 in Potchefstroom. Tisa feels her most important art classes were with Ryno Swart.

Mertz says:
"I paint in the style of the Impressionists. Light and colour are the main components in my work, my medium is oil. I like to paint figures involved in everyday activities, or portraying a specific mood or moment. My work is gentle and feminine. I also like painting from life in nature or still lives. Art is truth; for me it conveys simplicity with light and colour. It's about lifestyle and relationships. I am more of an introvert but like people; they fascinate me.

I started to paint professionally in 2005. I took a course with Ryno Swart five years ago, I believe he is one of our countries great artists. I studied at Stellenbosch University from 1979-1983 completing a B A in Guidance Psychology and HED.

I paint because I love it. My inspiration is from life and the appreciation I feel for life from day to day. I enjoy being alive and hope that the positive energy and sunshine are perceived by the spectator. It is the biggest compliment if someone likes my work so much that they are willing to make it part of their life. I live in Strand, I have daily walks on the beach, which I love, and I am surrounded by the most beautiful mountains. It is an inspiration to experience Nature"

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