Maritha van Amerom
Maritha van Amerom was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Having her Master's degree in Psychology she practiced as a Psychologist for many years. After enrolling as art student for three years, she made a dramatic career change and started working as a full-time artist in 2009. Her psychology remains a firm influence in her work and is still practiced on a smaller scale.
Apart from input from numerous well-known artists throughout her career, her grandmother’s passion for art can still be singled out as one of the biggest influences in her art career. Maritha van Amerom has participated in numerous exhibitions and her work forms part of collections world wide, including South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Netherlands, Ireland, Switzerland and Scotland. Maritha has been a finalist in the Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards (2014) and SPI Portrait Awards (top 150, 2015). She has also been selected as one of the Gold list Top 60 emerging international artists of today (March 2017, Art Market).
Over the past 5 years Maritha has also been involved in starting up and running the Somerset West Life Drawing Group - a group of figure drawing artists that get together bi-monthly to share their passion for drawing in a beautiful creative environment.