This is a Malawian Mum painted in Pastels on Black Colourfix paper. was sold the minute I put it on my web site.
The lady who took the photo started a mission called Mwana Mission meaning a Child of God. She Jan gave me permission to paint from her photo she says the Malawian Mothers name is Messouzi meaning tears- in this case it is more like Happy Mum.
The buyer of this painitng lives in the UK and Jan lives in USA they have discovered through this painitng that they played together in Malawi as kids.


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Born in Malawi and now living in Brisbane Queensland Australia. My original paintings are of all subjects.
The sale of all my paintings goes to Living Water, Madzi Amoyo to give water to 95,000 people in Manyowe Village outside Blantyre.
I teach art fulltime in all mediums.

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  • Lora Garcelon
    Lora Garcelonover 4 years ago

    What a beautiful, happy portrait! I love all the colors you have put in the skin tones.

  • Susan van Zyl
    Susan van Zylover 4 years ago

    How awesome that your artwork actually linked two people together again! Wow, gave me goosebumps!
    Congrats on the sale, and my compliments on this stunning artwork!

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 4 years ago

    Beautiful portrait, love the expressions on both mom and infant.

  • sorina
    sorinaover 4 years ago


  • Camilla Wall
    Camilla Wallover 4 years ago

  • maria paterson
    maria patersonover 4 years ago

    Congratulations! your work has been featured in Contemporary Pastel Painters

  • Nira Dabush
    Nira Dabushabout 4 years ago

    outstanding work, Shirley…

  • jacquigrieve
    jacquigrieveabout 4 years ago

    beutiful work

  • GraceNotes
    GraceNotesabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful story, beautiful portrait of mother and child!

  • paulramnora
    paulramnoraabout 4 years ago

    I really love ‘mother and child’ portraits. I was brought up in a single parent family myself/with no siblings. :-)

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