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MORAIG MORRIS (article first published : 2003-02-22)

With no formal training, apart from various craft courses, artist Moraig Morris now works in a variety of mediums. She has produced botanical studies of indigenous plants and worked for four years in the field of antique porcelain restoring. Now living in Pinetown, she has travelled extensively round Europe, the UK and Australia.

With her husband, she built up a business dealing with the stockmarket and became involved with PC graphics, web design and advertisements.”To relieve the stress,” she says, “I continued to draw - discovering a love for detailed work such as flowers, figures and faces. I also completed some African portraits with glued-on beadwork for gift shop in a Berg Resort.”

Out of this experience has come a fascination for child portraiture. ”There is a lot to read in faces so they are really interesting,” she explains. Each face has a story and is totally beautiful as is the nude body no matter what the age or size. Children have a softness about them and a fresh mischievous twinkle in their eyes that is a challenge to capture. Pastel medium gives the skin texture and provides the luminance that shines off the human face.”

Moraig prefers to work from photographs as the light and expression remains the same, making them easier to capture.

“People usually have a host of photographs of their children and I ask them to bring along a few close ups in order to get one with good "life and light" in it,” she says. “We choose one together so that they are happy as well. We then choose the pastel paper colour as there is such a huge range. I then ask if they would like the colour of the child's clothing changed to match a specific room or frame that they have in mind.”

The portrait is usually just under lifesize and is completed within a week, although if there is more than one person in the drawing, this may take a little longer.

Contact Moraig on 031 709 2185 or 082 712 7065 or write to 37 Charles Mowat Avenue, Padfield Park, 3601, or e-mail: moraig@easysoft.co.za or visit www.facesofafrica.co.za




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