Jonel Scholtz - Between Light and Dark

Written by: Michelle Smit

The article was in a magazine called “Tuinpaleis” which translates to "Garden Palace". It was printed in the March 2008 issue and written in Afrikaans by Michelle Smit (editor):

BETWEEN LIGHT AND DARK Interiors which reflects the home owner’s personality, are images Jonel Scholtz loves to paint. Jonel mostly paints interiors. Her trademark image is a cosy, comfortable sofa in warm colours in an inviting room. "A home reflects something of a personality" says Jonel. Her art work is warm and fascinating and reflects the home owner’s lifestyle. She mainly paints with oils. She starts a painting with underpainting in which the emphasis is on lifting out the light and shade. The underpainting reflects the chiaroscuro of the image and is the blue print of her painting. After this is done the palet knife is used to apply opaque paint. She has a passion for art and would like to influence others through her work. Every art work is unique. Jonel is also represented by the Agora Gallery in New York and will exhibit there later this year. Like all kids, Jonel loved drawing. When she was fifteen she started taking art classes with American artist, Louise Goudemondt. Louise taught her the fine art of painting. "I have a burning desire to paint. I believe only death will put out the desire."

Jonel Scholtz was born in Lichtenburg and grew up in Johannesburg. After school she completed a B.Sc-degree (Chemistry, Biochemistry) at the University of Johannesburg. She lives with her daughter, Dawida and husband Jacques on a farm called Welgevonden in the North West Province. They farm maize and with cattle.

"The use of dramatic light in my work symbolizes a persons soul – everybody has a light and dark side." – Jonel Scholtz

Image Credits: Homecoming Oil on Canvas 20" x 16"

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