Wietzie Gerber
Lorgues, France

Wietzie utilizes a unique technique of her own invention. She creates a surface full of small stipples of paint using a palette knife. This decadent surface of texture brings her abstraction to life. In addition, the color, shapes, and subtle allusions in her titles lead you through the emotional subject of her work. Although the paintings can have a quiet, melancholy feel, there is a sense of radiance in the way she captures light as it moves through her compositions. The work feels expansive, as if growing out beyond the confines of the canvas, creating space with the drama of its bold color, strong lines, and copious markings.

Wild & Precious Life #2
36" x 24" , acrylic painting

Wild & Precious Life #1
36" x 24" , acrylic painting

Is It Spring Yet?
18" x 24" , acrylic painting

Hiding in Plain Sight
20" x 24" , acrylic painting

Nostalgic For First Love
24" x 32" , acrylic painting

Days of Sorrow and Joy
19.5" x 19.5" , acrylic painting

Escaping Iris
36" x 48" , acrylic painting

A Long Slow Dance
48" x 48" , acrylic painting

Tuscan Wedding
36" x 48" , acrylic painting

A Whisper of the Heart
39.37" x 19.68" , acrylic painting

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Wietzie Gerber 3/14/2018 | 6:06 AM

Before beginning our year in Provence we decided to spend two weeks in Paris. I was determined to visit as many art galleries and museums as possible to get the creative juices flowing once we hit the south of France with its legendary light. We rented a small apartment on Île Saint-Louis, one of two natural islands in the Seine river Île Saint-Louis is connected to the rest of Paris by four bridges to both banks of the river. It is a peaceful oasis of calm in the busy Paris centre. It has only narrow one-way streets, a métro station, and two bus stops. Most of the island is residential, but there are several restaurants, hotels, shops, cafés and ice cream parlours at street level, as well as the Eglise Saint-Louis en l'Ile, an old Catholic Church that was built between 1664 and 1675. Furthermore to my delight, there were artists and sculptors abound within the perimeters of Île Saint-Louis, so I felt right at home! Bella and Bono also loved it as with all the small bakeries, butcheries and cheese stores the smells excited them around every corner. First morning, after a quick dog walk and a lovely crisp croissant, we headed to the Centre Pompidou, Paris’ bastion of modern art. We got there very early, and so missed most of the crowds. It took us a couple of hours of feasting our eyes on the likes of Picasso, Klimt, Miro, Kandinsky, and my absolute favourite, Joan Mitchell, and her beautiful quadriptyque "Chasse interdite". Thereafter on to the Musee l’Orangerie which is situated in the picturesque Tuileries Gardens. It houses an impressive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist pieces by some of the biggest names in the world. That includes Claude Monet's masterworks, the Nymphéas (Water Lilies), painted in the artist's garden at Giverny and donated to the French state. Monet stipulated that the monumental panels be displayed precisely as they are seen today, in twin oval rooms that surround enraptured viewers with his vision. Bye for now!

Wietzie Gerber 2/1/2018 | 2:34 AM

My Artist Life In France: Leaving Vancouver Seven years ago I convinced my husband to move to the south of France for a year. France is the country of our hearts, and we tried to visit it every year, but visiting started to not be enough. It was also during a particularly wet and horrible February in Vancouver, Canada, particularly for someone born in South Africa. Thus it did not take a lot of convincing for Hein to agree and we started planning our escape from corporate drudgery. We were not completely crazy, so first on our to-do list was trying to negotiated a sabbatical from our left brain jobs so that we could audition for the life of an artist and a writer. I loved to paint, big canvasses with oodles of bright acrylic colours, but the life of a lawyer only allowed for weekend painting. So I was super motivated to make this dream of ours come true. I franticly started emailing home owners on HomeAway to try and find a house to rent for a year. While a significant number responded, the prices were astronomical, mainly because they could all rent out their properties over the summer months by the week, for the amount that we wanted to pay for a monthly rental. Only one owner actually responded with an offer that we could afford. So, we rented a house called La Farigoulette, just outside Vidauban, a tiny working village in the Var department of Provence. It was a charming house as you can see below. We knew very little of the area, as Provence for us was mainly the Vaucluse, which Peter Mayle's in his book a "A Year in Provence" so aptly brought to life. Which brings me to his sad passing on the 18th of January 2018. I adored every one of his books and loved his attitude about life. I will miss him and his humorous writing style. While I can never be as entertaining as Peter Mayle, I hope you will enjoy reading about my artist life in France.