Born in Paarl (1972), raised mostly in Gauteng. Now married to Francois and a mother of three children, Katinka, Charl and Rigter.
I believe my highest calling in life is my husband, my children and my relationships with all people. My friends and family provide a balance in my life and keep me humble. They are all extraordinary people.
Although I have no formal training in painting, it was, is and always will be part of my life. I grew up with an artistic mother, experiencing all forms of creativity.
I am inspired by God for He is the creator of all beautiful things. He called me for His purpose and in obedience and love of art. I paint with all I am to worship Him. Therefore I pray that each painting will touch you like it touched me whilst painting it.
Most people know me as Arnelda, but I sign my paintings as Maria, this is my birth name, and it also symbolizes my dependence on God.