Elise Buitendag’s botanical paintings are as invigorating as a walk in a rainforest.
This long-time Nelspruit resident’s choice of subject matter evokes all the magic and joy of nature in the souls of those who stop for a while and let themselves be inspired by the mastery of her art.
Over 150 of Elise’s paintings can be enjoyed at the Genesis of a Garden exhibition which opened to the public on March 2 and runs until March 27, at the White River Gallery at Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre in Mpumalanga.
The launch coincided with the release of Elise’s book, also titled Genesis of a Garden. This beautiful publication, filled with Elise’s art and her rich words, transports readers back to the late 60s, 70s and early 80s when a group of men and women tamed a section of veld at the confluence of the Nels and Crocodile rivers to create what is today the Lowveld National Botanical Garden.
Elise was part of the team tasked with selectively taming the bush to create the foundations of this magnificent garden. The book shares wonderful anecdotes of the first 12 years of the garden’s existence.
Today, the garden is still filled with a diversity of wildlife and in the dark of night, hippos leave the safety of the river and graze on the emerald green lawns.
For more information contact Dana on 082 784 6895.
White River Gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm, and on Sundays and public holidays from 10am to 2pm.