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The Family Head, Petrus by JolanteHesse

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Oil on canvas, 60×40cm (Original Sold)
Petrus was a proud African man in his seventies, who after the death of his daughter in law, Jemina, raised his two grand children on government pension.
The family lives in rural Hobhouse, South Africa. He was illiterate and a farm labourer all his life.
He had immense strength of character and dignity. He died on 3/09/11.
Featured in: Painters Academics, The Group, Exquisitions, Art Universe, Inspired Art, All out Emotion, Impressionism Cafe, The Virtual Museum

Some years ago I survived a serious attack on my life. During the year of recovery, I did two drawings and found the activity both calming and exciting.
I am studying under Leon Fourie.
I have simplified my life completely and now paint full time.

Art for me, is an intensely personal expression of how I appreciate and perceive life and people.

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  • biswaal
    biswaalabout 3 years ago

    hey jolante.. this is gorgeous.. iconic portraiture.. a bench mark in dark skin portrait.. the light on the skin is oh -so -perfect mY friend.. this is incredible oil work.. members in this site should not mistake it to be a photo and rate it accordingly.. AWESSSSOOMMME.. !

  • Thanks so much, my friend!!!

    – JolanteHesse

  • vasenoir
    vasenoirabout 3 years ago

    wonderful oil!!!! nice !!

  • Thank you very much vasenoir!

    – JolanteHesse

  • billfox256
    billfox256about 3 years ago

    The details in his face is tremendous!!!!! An excellent portrait!! Bill

  • Thank you so much for this wonderfully encouraging comment!

    – JolanteHesse

  • ☼Laughing Bones☾
    ☼Laughing Bones☾about 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS click the banner and see your work displayed on the homepage

    November 11th, 2011

    You are now eligible to enter the November Image Of The Month

  • Thank you so very much for this honour!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Pam Humbargar
    Pam Humbargarabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations on this spectacular oil painting Jolante!!!

  • Thank you so very much Pam – it was painted with love and respect!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Elisabeta Hermann
    Elisabeta Hermannabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your Special FEATURE in “THE VIRTUAL MUSEUM” Group!!!
    Excellent work, Jolante!!!

  • Thanks so much for this unexpected, wonderful and surprising honour!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Redviolin
    Redviolinabout 3 years ago

    This is absolutely superb

  • Thank you!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Redviolin
    Redviolinabout 3 years ago


  • …and again, I really appreciate it!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Diane Johnson-Mosley
    Diane Johnson-...about 3 years ago

    Wow, what a strong man, I am sure he will be remembered dearly by his family. Well done!

  • Hi Diane, they are clamouring to get the painting, but they do not realise the months of work that went into it. As for the man, he is deeply missed. Thanks!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Monica Vanzant
    Monica Vanzantabout 3 years ago

    Your skin tones are fantastic Jolante. All of your work is amazing!

  • I really appreciate this compliment from you Monica – thank you!

    – JolanteHesse

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