About

Paula Wiegmink was born in Zimbabwe and is now based in Dunsborough, South Western Australia. Paula had the privilege of growing up in Africa where she soon developed a love for the bush and abundant wildlife. Her interest in drawing and painting emerged at a very early age. Encouraged by her mother, she started sketching animals on the farm and doing portraits of anyone willing to sit still long enough!

After spending 12 years training in the RAD - Royal academy of Dancing classical ballet method Paula performed with the Rhodesia National Ballet. She taught dancing for 25 years, as well as conducting art classes at a private school in Harare.

After migrating to Johannesburg, South Africa in 1979, she resumed her career teaching classical ballet and modern dance and judged numerous dance festivals and competitions. During this time she studied at the Da Vinci Fine Art Studio under the expert guidance of the late Carlo Sdoya. Paula's first exhibited painting, 'Homeward Bound', with the Brush and Chisel Club, was purchased by the South African Railways.

In 1994, Paula immigrated to Perth, Western Australia with her husband and 2 children. Shortly after joining the Canning Arts Group, Paula was invited to exhibit as 'Artist of the Month'. She then went on to conduct the all media night classes for the next 6 years. Her teaching extended to the RAF retirement Village Club where she conducted art classes for 11 years, as well as private tutoring.

2009, Paula launched her first book titled, ‘Footsteps in Time’ a family journey from the earliest of her ancestors arriving in Africa from 1709 - 2009. The book launch coincided with her first major solo art exhibition, ‘The Winds of Change’.

A South African conservation group invited Paula in 2012, to do a large scale painting of a rhino on ‘World Rhino Day’. WESSA (Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) offered their stand as a venue during the ‘Sunday Tribune Garden and Home Show’ at the showgrounds, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Before leaving Australia for South Africa she decided to do a preparatory piece and her painting ‘Tears of the rhino’ – hear my voice was born. This painting emerged from deep within and turned out to be a very confronting image. Paula decided not to sell ‘Tears of the rhino’ but to rather use it as a tool to raise awareness of the global destruction of the rhino species.

Paula donated her time as host and artist in residence for her first African Art Safari to Zimbabwe, in 2013, raising $6000 AUD for the SAVE African Rhino Foundation.

In 2014, Paula’s painting ‘To the point’ of an African pale chanting goshawk was shortlisted for exhibition with the ‘David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year’ in London. Meeting David Shepherd in person on opening night at the Mall Galleries, Mall Street London was the highlight of her trip.

2015, Coolamon Rotary, Australia asked for permission to use the image of ‘Tears of the rhino’ for the international One fight, Unite- SAY NO awareness poster campaign. The poster is being signed by influential high profile people from all over the world. To date those who have signed are: Dr Jane Goodall, Sir David Attenborough, Noam Chompsky, Ricky Gervais among many others. https://www.facebook.com/rages.one.fight.unite/

2015, CEO Graeme Stevenson invited Paula to appear on the television art program ‘Colour in Your Life’ featuring her painting ‘Tears of the rhino’. The CIYL series has now gone global. The painting Paula recreated on the show has been donated to the One Fight Unite cause.

In 2015, the Canadian based ‘Artists for Conservation’ awarded Paula the June monthly honour for outstanding artistic talent and extraordinary contribution to the conservation cause. Paula was invited to exhibit at the 2015 and 2016 annual live exhibition in Vancouver, BC where she featured as international guest youth art instructor.
One of Paula's paintings 'Into oblivion' was selected for the 2016 touring exhibition to the Arizona, USA-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) 2016 and then onto the ‘International Exhibit of Nature in Art’ - Asia-Pacific Tour premiering in Qingdao City China.

Paula hopes to create awareness and draw attention to the fragility of the natural world by expressing her passion for life through the images she creates. Using multi-layering techniques in various mediums, styles and subjects, Paula enjoys experimenting with texture and colour. She is happiest when surrounded by nature doing what she loves.

A multi-award winner in oil, pastel, acrylics, watercolour and mixed media, Paula continues to exhibit in both group and solo exhibitions.

Her work is represented in private and corporate collections in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Portugal, America, Canada, England, France, Scotland, Ireland, Japan, Hong Kong, Holland, Germany and Australia.

Education

ARAD, Associate Royal Academy of Dancing

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions:
2016 - Pullman Bunker Bay Resort, Western Australia
2014 -Wills Domain Gallery Yallingup, Australia -‘Cinnabar’
2012 - Silk Road Cafe
2011 - Colourlust Artspace - ‘Silent Reverie’
2011 - Innovations Interior Decorators - ‘Things and People of South Africa’
2011- 2014 Century 21 Real Estate
2010 -Innovations Interior Decorators -‘Celebration of Africa’
2010 -West Pac Bank - by invitation
2009 - Atwell gallery - ‘Winds of Change’ in conjunction with book launch - ‘Footsteps in Time’
1996 - Canning Art Centre - Featured Artist Corner for a month

Collaborative exhibition 2009 - 2017

Press

2017 - Artists for conservation International Exhibit of Nature in Art - ‘Mulga branch’ - acrylic on canvas
2016 – Featured artist for the Studio Gallery, Yallingup, WA in the Art Edit online August newsletter – 'Cocky Blue' mixed media on canvas
2016 – Scoop Home and Art Magazine – The Studio Gallery Yallingup, WA – 'Precious Memories' acrylic on canvas
2016 - Artists for conservation International Exhibit of Nature in Art - ‘Into Oblivion’ - acrylic on canvas + 'Precious Moments' – oil on canvas with painting created for a special addition poster in celebration
2016 – Video message for Dr Jane Goodall 25th Anniversary of her Roots and Shoots – 'Tears are not enough' – acrylic on canvas - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xDyggAANJY
2016 - Busselton Dunsborough Mail - ‘Artist’s African Quest’ - research project for education through the art medium
2015 - Busselton Dunsborough Mail - Artist takes on worldwide problem with a paintbrush
2015 - Feature Artist - television art program -Put some Colour In Your Life – recreation of 'Tears of the rhino'
2015 - Utube - Colour In Your Life - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgcXE7_4K08
2015 - Artists for conservation International Exhibit of Nature in Art - ‘To the point’ - acrylic
2015 - Busselton Dunsborough Mail -‘Art auction for rhinos’
2015 - Busselton Dunsborough Mail -‘Art with a message’
2014 - Artists for Conservation 2014 - ‘International Exhibit of Nature in Art’- ‘Mumbo Jumbo’ / ‘African Wild Dog’
2014 - Artists Palette magazine No 130– Artists and Photographers African Safari
2013 - Canning Times - ‘Paula’s African Art Safari’
2013 - Children's book: 'Albert's Bad Day' – Author: Paul Ashford Harris - Illustrations: Paula Wiegmink
2013 - Artists Palette magazine No 116 - Insight article and demonstration
2013 - Atwell Gallery and Art Centre - A snap shot look at our gallery in 2012
2012 - Sunday Times Newspaper - Feature article immigrant’s contribution to Australia
2011 - Cartoons for two books for South African author - Rob Austin
2010 - Afriqan Times Magazine - feature article ‘Phenomenal Woman’
2009 - Written & illustrated ‘Footsteps in Time’

Influences

David Shepherd
John Banovich
Carlo Sdoya

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