RENOWNED local artist, Beulah van Rooyen died last week at the age of 79 after an illness bravely borne.
Those close to the artist described her as a mentor, teacher and friend, among other fond titles.
“Beulah van Rooyen lived a varied life as an artist,” said fellow artist and friend, Brenda Pratt. “She was an original member of Upper South Coast Art Association (USCAA), belonging to it for 36 years. Beulah was also an avid quilter, belonging to the Cottage Patch Quilters’ Guild for many years. While her speciality was designing unique motifs for applique work, she was always generous with her time and her talent.”
Before her retirement, Beulah taught at a wide variety of state schools where she generated a love of the arts in generations of young people.
The artist was always gracious and immaculately turned out, paying close attention to fabric and colour. While Beulah is best known for her glorious paintings of flowers, she loved to travel and produced many paintings of her beloved Croatia.
The artist is survived by her only daughter Celeste, who arranged exhibitions and sales of her mother’s paintings in the UK.
A celebration of Beulah’s full and colourful life was held at the Art on Kingsway Gallery on Tuesday 12 June, where many of her paintings are still on display.
“Beulah leaves a big gap in our lives and we will miss her sorely,” admitted Brenda.
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