Cora can also guide the more experienced painter to broaden their objectives. Observation is central in the lessons, so with the help of say a still life, a photo of a favourite landscape, a portrait or a specific time in art history, she will guide each student to develop confidence in their own abilities. The variety of subjects to choose from is endless and very personal and it is to be encouraged that each student develops their own ‘image’ vocabulary. In time it is possible to develop your own signature in your work and this doesn’t necessarily mean that the work remains figurative.
In the oceanic world of art, Cora is able to accommodate a wide variety of interests for example, if your aim is to become a highly realistic painter, she can help you, or at the other side of the spectrum, if you would like to explore abstract art, she can equally guide you through this fascinating process as well.
The act of painting, drawing and developing dexterity is a great confidence builder. In the classes we make time to look at masters who have shown us the way before and we look at those who taught us to look at the world with new eyes. Cora’s enthusiasm for art started early, and in her own work she has allowed herself to be influenced by the age of expressionism, by the Dutch Masters, by the great painters of the Far East and of course, by the great teacher Mother Nature herself in all her aspects. Cora’s aim in her work is to try to merge expressionism from western culture with the eastern philosophy of looking for the essence in nature and form. She believes painting to be music for the eyes expressing a deep love of colour, rhythm, the play of opposites and exploring the notion of freedom.