Artwork above, left to right: Tina Siddiqui, Bobbi Wallace, Ramona Hoeft
Alex Fong Galleria Exhibition
Portraits, figures and landscapes are the other themes I am currently painting.
Since 1976 I have exhibited in group and solo shows in United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Pakistan and Dubai.
In 2004 I moved to Kelowna after a 13 year stay in Dubai.
Born and raised in Pakistan, I travelled within the country and overseas with my diplomat father. Trained as a Graphic Designer, my artistic journey has been that of an explorer. Working in a variety of mediums, collage and mixed media top the list for me at the moment.
1. “Fleeting Moment”, acrylics on canvas, depicts the Flamenco dancer getting ready for her performance.
2. “Kamloopa” acrylics on canvas, painted after my first visit to Kamloops Pow Wow, I can still hear the drum beat as the dancers marched in.
3. “Masai Dancer”, pastels on paper, celebrating the culture and colours of Africa.
I am a late blooming artist and I am enjoying every moment before the easel.
I am fascinated by the lines and movement of the human figure so I am enjoying painting people on the street. Those walking among us in our daily lives appeal to me more than posed models. I hope you enjoy them.
After forays into various mediums and subjects of expression in my artistic journey I have settled on acrylic in my paintings. I paint on sealed hardboard because of its durability and smooth surface. It is important to me to create art that will stand the test of time. My current focus is on the ocean, waves, water and landscapes.
I make use of vibrant colours and employ various methods including texture to show light and movement to draw the viewer into an experience. My paintings are an attempt to convey a moment of transcendence – that experience we all have when something touches us deeply and time stops and compels us to become fully present to the moment – the glow of light on the landscape, the movement and the colours of the ocean waves, the flow of hair moving in the breeze…
Except for books and observation I have been entirely self-taught until two recent workshops. My art is an expression of my personal experience of the beauty I see around me and it is my joy and pleasure to share this with others.
Ramona Hoeft was born in 1961 in Wr.Neustadt, a small town south of Vienna, Austria. Having a stressful and often lonely childhood she turned to drawing as an escape and soon discovered a deep connection to all things creative.
Her focus was on idealized beauty and through art classes in Elementary school she was drawn to portraiture and figures in pencil and ink drawings.
Eventually she took an apprenticeship in banking and finance which seemed to suit her well but continued her pursuit of art gaining some recognition and being features in the local newspaper with her work.
In her early twenties she met her Canadian husband while studying theology in West Germany and moved to BC to get married in 19894. Following the birth of two sons she did not draw or paint for about 14 years instead focusing on her family.
When her creative drive rekindled she started to add a new dimension to her work using colour pencil to better express herself. From there she continued exploring other mediums and subjects such as watercolour and landscapes. During this time she sold and/or donated quite a number of her paintings but did not pursue art as a business.
Through the urging of a friend she finally tried her hand in abstract painting and switched to acrylics. This became her medium of choice from there on in. With the new flexibility of acrylics she started exploring many other subjects such as wildlife, flowers and more.
In recent years this hobby has become a serious pursuit for excellence and proficiency which resulted in such a body of work that she decided to step out to show and sell her paintings. She currently has paintings at some galleries, dining establishments and coffee shops as opportunities arise. She has taught what she learned through research and personal experience to other as well.
Only this year has she found inspiration and instruction in a workshop with David Langevin as his style and methods of painting resonate with her own experience. She is mostly focused on the ocean, waves, water and landscapes at this time as these subjects provide unending inspiration and motivation.
Ramona continues to challenge herself in mastering acrylics and hopes to draw others into her experience of beauty through her art.
She currently resides and works in Kelowna BC.