605 mm x 405 mm • Oil on Canvas
The original reference photo was captured by my father-in-law, Dave Salmond, whilst working along the outskirts of Ladysmith.
This woman was known as “the preacher’s wife”, married to the local preacher for many years. The holes in her shoes which reveal the big toe on each foot always get a mention when people view this work- a reflection of a hard-working woman.
My favourite thing about this scene is the expression reflected on her face. That beautiful smile. The scene is simplistic and carefree. Each time I look at this painting, I just feel happy! I have subsequently entitled the work “Nonjabulo”, which in isiZulu (her native language), simply means ‘happiness’.
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