JUMARIE DU TOIT
Jumarie was born in the beautiful Overberg in the small farming town of Caledon, where her love of beauty and color started. Her childhood memories of long walks in pomegranate orchards with her grandmother, laughing in the sunshine, and bowls of cream and pomegranate on her farm, have been an inspiration to paint a series of artwork expressing her deep feeling of abundance in her life. She has been fortunate to live in Namibia since 2013 with her family. Jumarie truly believes God created each one of us with great potential, talents, and passion. For Jumarie, that is how all her paintings start. It is where talent and passion meet on canvas.
Having a background education in Tourism in Stellenbosch, Jumarie worked in the corporate world as a Project Manager for Computicket Travel at Shoprite Checkers PTY LTD Head Office in Cape Town. This afforded her the chance to pursue her art dreams by completing formal art training at Bellville Art Centre. She also had the great privilege to study landscape training under Dale and Mel Elliott, and after, to study under Rene Snyman.
In 2011, the demand for her paintings took off to such an extent that she could exclusively focus on fine art paintings for a living.
Jumarie's first successful solo art exhibition was held in the Northern Cape which then opened doors to top galleries across South Africa such as Lindy van Niekert Art Gallery, Dante Art, Bouquet Café, and Korze Art Gallery to name but a few.
Jumarie's attention is drawn
to her subjects by subtle lighting effects. She is inspired by beautiful
ceramic bowls filled with fruit, but also by silver, gold, and bronze vases,
delft, peonies, and birds. Mostly these are motifs with strong color effects, shapes,
and forms. This has resulted in her distinctive style, which makes her work
Certain hues in her paintings convey and evoke emotions in the viewer, inspiring and connecting with the beauty of nature. Jumarie's paintings convey an authentic sense of abundance inspired by the environment and beautiful nature of South Africa.
The vibrant colors seem to pop and create a gorgeous and dimensional effect. The brushstrokes all have a unique texture that characterizes the artwork. The idea of contrast that Jumarie presents with dark, dramatic backgrounds reminds us of the importance of diversity in our emotional world and in life in general.
Jumarie loves the phrase of one of the greats: “Color in a picture is like enthusiasm in life” (Vincent van Gogh).