Oil on canvas, 60×40cm
Paulinah is Petrus’ grandaughter and Jemina’s daughter. Both their portraits are posted here and both died during the course of the year. She lives with an aunt in rural South Africa.
Paulinah is eleven going on to fourty. She is tough, but vulnerable.


african child oil portrait, afrcian girl portrait, girl, africa, child, blue, oil

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
    biswaalover 2 years ago

    matchless portrait ,, out standing skin tone.. vivid , stark.. raw.. awesome hundred stars..!!

  • Hi biswaal! Thanks so very much, my friend!!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladeover 2 years ago

    Wow Jolante this is an incredibly beautiful portrait. i love her expression and the way she engages and looks up and that blue shirt is very striking. Her skin is beautifully painted Jolante.

  • HI Anthea, thanks so very much for your support and encouraging comment!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleover 2 years ago

    She sure is a somebody, and a beautiful somebody for sure. Gorgeous work Jolante.

  • Thanks Maree, I think she is too! I appreciate you commenting!

    – JolanteHesse

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsover 2 years ago

    Simply Astonishing cool vibe to this amazing portrait Jolante ! the tones and light & dark is just Breathtaking my friend , Your sooooooooooooooooo damn good …Happy weekend ..Paul

  • Hi Paul, I appreciate your commenting on ‘I am Somebody’. Your support means a lot to me! Good weekend to you too.

    – JolanteHesse

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 2 years ago

    this is really great Jolante! Beautifully painted!

  • Thanks Maree!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Kanchan Mahon
    Kanchan Mahonover 2 years ago

    Great expression!

  • Thanks so very much for your encouragement Kanchan!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Lora Garcelon
    Lora Garcelonover 2 years ago

    I love the rich colors in the skin tones- great work!

  • Many thanks for this wonderful comment Lora!

    – JolanteHesse

  • William Bullimore
    William Bullimoreover 2 years ago

    This is fantastic. Bravo.

  • Many thanks for this kind comment and vote of confidence William!

    – JolanteHesse

  • Beatrice Cloake
    Beatrice Cloakeover 2 years ago

  • Thanks so very much Beatrice…I am a bit lost for words. Honoured is I think how I feel.

    – JolanteHesse

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisover 2 years ago


  • Thanks a lot!!!

    – JolanteHesse

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