My name is Freda Hayward, I am 68 years young and grew up in the beautiful little town of Barberton. I have been passionate about arts and crafts all my life, producing and selling my first oil painting at the tender age of 13 years. And it was not my mom who purchased it! :)
I attended the Johannesburg School of Art for a short period and thereafter I am mainly self taught in the art of painting. Later in life, I had the privileged of attending informal art lessons with the talented and well known artist Christa Myburgh. I have painted and drawn in various mediums but I always return to my favourite oils. I always try to work with a free spirit, keeping Picasso’s Quote in mind, ‘Art is the elimination of the unnecessary’.
I have sold my work at local exhibitions, on the South African Artists website and now on my own Facebook page. My inspiration is the smell of genuine turpentine, oil paint, colours, other artists work and the inspiration that comes from my own beautiful garden; roses, hydrangeas, arums, poppies, trees and much more. I am now happily retired and have downscaled my home, but the upside to retirement is that I am able to spend more time painting. I currently reside in Centurion, Gauteng and still dream of one day living in a cottage by the sea. I believe one should never stop dreaming, planning and hoping.
My paintings are an expression of my love and appreciation of nature, they are reasonably priced and as long as I can keep painting, I am happy!