At the age of 15 Chantelle began painting
and drawing. She gained a solid grounding in her Art education at school
and studies in Graphic Design rounded off her formal education.
Chantelle has since reverted to a fine
art style, which allows more freedom of expression. In particular she
focuses on realism. Because she spent as much of her youth as possible
in the bushveld, close to nature. Chantelle developed her love for wildlife,
making mental studies of animals, their behaviour and their environment.
Chantelle is privileged to have travelled
to both England and France to exhibit and sell her artworks. Chantelle
has settled in Cape Town where she thoroughly enjoys living and working
as a full time artist, taking working holidays up north for photo excursions.
Recent marine-life artworks have been
painted from photographs kindly supplied by Morné Hardenberg
from Shark Explorers (www.sharkexplorers.com).
Chantelle is a member of Constantiaberg
Art Society as well as the South African Society of Artists and Western
Cape Artists's Society. She has also had many group exhibitions at Kirstenbosch
Gardens and sold work to visitors from various countries. A number of
her works have been done on a commission basis at clients request.
''My first love is to portray wildlife,
in its natural habitat. I strive to capture the emotions of my subjects,
and stir the imagination of the viewer, to make the images come alive
and provoke thoughts. My love for nature and art is combined in each
piece of work that I do.''
Chantelle's preferred media includes
oil on canvas and pencil on paper.