My name is Celia van Niekerk, I am a professional, South African Artist.
I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember and hold a Diploma in Art & Design. I used to be a professional photographer and photography studio owner for the past 14 years, but due to a shoulder problem I had to hang up my camera for a while. So, I decided to pursue my career in Art. I regard myself to be very blessed to be able to lead such a joyous and creative life. I am thankful to the Lord for giving me the talents and means to do so and I am striving to make it my purpose to spread the joy through my art.
I love capturing the detail of all living things, especially animals (pets or wildlife), flowers and all things botanical. I love working in coloured pencils, soft pastels, watercolour, as well as oil paint and, have recently started to experiment with digital art too and love to do quirky digital illustrations.
Those who know me well, know that I am a very big dog-lover with a soft spot for the Dachshund – therefore I have decided to open up commissions for coloured pencil pet portraits first!
I will be opening commissions for other subjects and mediums in the very near future. There are some exciting products and big plans for my Art studio in-store, which I hope to share very soon! So, stay tuned!