THERE is a freshness about the unique work of Vilia Offerman, an artist passionate about detail.
The result is a series of city-scapes of Port Elizabeth, and of rural areas in South Africa.
She has moved to a more limited, monochromatic palette of earthy colours, which she finds exhilarating and apparently wants to pursue this direction of her artistic impression more.
Not wanting to stand still, but forever searching and experimenting and interested in further study, Offerman has experimented with a combination of watercolour and oxides, resulting in textures in her skies, which are a successful mix with watercolour and gauche.
She has a fascination with detail seen in architecture in particular.
Her visual delight in expressing light and shadows, architectural form and plants, is competent and convincing. One cannot miss the obvious joy she has in working on these paintings.
Her delightful images of quaint Victorian houses are a decorative and historical documentation of Port Elizabeth, including encompassing some views of churches such as the St John’s Methodist and Congregational churches, as well as of mosques and little farmhouses.
The subject matter of some of these paintings also include the Horse Memorial in Cape Road, animals and people.
According to Offerman, “finding the magic in a special moment and wanting to capture it, and share it with others in the form of a painting, is for me what it is all about”. This multi-gifted, hardworking artist has in the past created ceramic works, ran her own ceramic studio and taught others. Offerman has had six solo watercolour exhibitions.
Her artworks are in private collections across South Africa and in overseas collections as well.