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Petronella's work has the power to move the viewer and take on an identity all its own.
Her artwork is a search for hidden depth and meaning, purpose and fulfillment of experiences. She is inspired by which is not visible to the eye, but triggered by emotion, creating art that feeds the soul and has depth that goes beyond its physical presence.
"I didn't grow up knowing that I would like to be an artist. I did, however, know that I had something to say to the world. I have always wanted to make a difference.
Art has been my whole life and it has saved my life. In times of great sadness, during inconceivable loss, I learned to bury myself in art and its beauty. It was my solace and helped me to cope. It kept my sorrow at bay. The paintings and sculptures are as a renewal for me reflected through the chapters of my life. It is my personal journey. I develop myself through my work and through all of the experiences in my life. Like a tree with rings that bear marks of its growth, I am a creative work in progress and my art is the expression of that.
My current works are all about making peace with the present moment. I try to paint and sculpt a statement of redemption and hope: freeing ourselves of regrets, forgiving our failures, and rejoicing in our triumphs. And ultimately accepting the past as the foundation for our future.
Petronella's diverse talents have a base from which to expand with a driving creative force: painting - sculpting.
"I want to create paintings and sculptures that convey a bit of mystery and adventure but also a feeling of joy."