Retiree pursues her dream

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Owen Matokodza
31 December 2015

Elizabeth McQueen from White River, insists that painting is a mixture of elements which communicates an idea, a feeling and a mood. The 75 year- old fine artist defied her age to pursue one of her childhood dreams from the age of 60.

Her passion for art dates back to when she was a nine year old. “I remember my siblings and I emptying our piggy banks to help my mother get enough money to buy her first original oil painting,” remembers McQueen.

When McQueen retired as a pharmacist she studied painting professionally with Estelle Hartley. “I really saw painting as a form of art which would help me to express myself,” said McQueen. “ I am grateful to the Lord for allowing me to discover my talent before I became too old to exploit it.”

She enjoys doing landscapes, abstracts as well as experimental work. Her works are diversified to meet the needs of people of different social backgrounds. She also attended workshops by both international and national artists and a water colour course in Spain.

McQueen and her husband, Rob, are currently in talks with Mbombela Municipality to obtain permission to erect a state of the art gallery in a park in White River. This would bring artists under one roof and enhance tourism in the Lowveld area.

McQueen has served on several art committees which include, the Lowveld Water Colour Society and the Lowveld Association of Arts. She is successfully selling her works to private collectors in countries such as Germany, England , United States of America, Australia, New Zealand and different parts of South Africa.

For more information contact McQueen at 013-751-3664 or 072-194-5343 or mail her at

Photo: Liz McQueen a fine artist from White River.

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