RETIRED Bay schools inspector Nathaniel Mqulwana, who started art lessons two years ago, shared his favourite room with La Femme – a modest garage which he has turned into a mini art gallery at his Summerstrand home.
Following his retirement as Nelson Mandela Bay district schools inspector in 2010, Mqulwana, who helped judge The Herald Matric of the Year competition in 2008, was eager to pursue his long-time interest in art.
“I was inspired by the canvas paintings that have hung in my living room for almost 10 years,” said Mqulwana, who attends art classes with Esme Goosen in Walmer once a week.
“I started with linocut printing, then acrylic and now I mostly do oil paintings. I must say, things have got better from when I first started, as at least I can now mix colours and have exhibited my work on two occasions at the ArtEC museum.”
In addition to art, Mqulwana said he loved music and was keen to learn to play the piano one day.
My style in five words: Creative, outgoing, imaginative, outdoorsy and spacious.
On my decor wish list: New beautiful sofas that would complement the art on my living room wall.
Best colours: Black and white. I love contrast.
Pet decor peeve: Cluttered spaces.
My decor indulgence: My outdoor Italian chairs on the patio. They are quite relaxing and give the patio a decorative and personalised impression.
Favourite character in a movie or book: I don’t have a favourite character. But I have two favourite books I am reading at the moment – The Power of One to One by Ian Kennedy and Bryce Courtenay and The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier. – Balisa Ntloko