Meet The Tutors

Come and meet the gang

The tutors you will meet on your painting holiday in KZN

Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life…
Henry Miller

Our Tutors are chosen for their abilities as artists and more importantly their ability to share their knowledge with others.They are very good teachers of art and just love to spend time with our visitors out in the unique landscapes of KwaZulu Natal

Gill Van Wyk

Nicky Chovuchovu

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Gill Van Wyk

Our senior instructor, Gill Van Wyk, is a respected member of our South Coast art community. She exhibits regularly and holds classes throughout the week.

Gill is chosen for her talent, infectious enthusiasm for art and her ability to share knowledge in a constructive way with people of all levels of development.

She was born in Queenstown in the Cape but has been in KZN for the past 32 years. She studied Art History and Zulu Cultural Art at Natal University.

Her deep commitment to the continent and it's mystery have led her to study and explore the art of the San people which appear in many rock shelters in the Drakensberg. Gill finds that life is never dull, never predictable in the KZN bush and she loves it's excitement.

She and has been painting African scenes for the past fifteen years and although Water colours are Gill's chosen medium she is just as at home using Charcoal and Oils as part of her "Artists Palette"

Gill is eager to meet you and accompany you on your tour, offering; tutoring, encouragement and insights into not only painting in the KwaZulu landscape but also the Zulu way of life.

The light is so different in Africa, the colours of the grass and trees hold more warmth than found in Europe and the sky is bigger and bluer than in the Northern Hemisphere - see for yourself…and come to understand painting in Africa as you spend time with Gill.

You can also quiz her about the use of trees and plants in the rituals of the Zulu
Get an understanding of the animals and trees, and their significance for the local African people.

Gill will be the tutor for those of you who join Painting Holidays-KZN to go on


Nicky Chovuchovu

Nicky Chovuchovu was born in 1975 in Harare Zimbabwe where he was inspired to take up painting by his father. He worked alongside his Father as a Commercial Art apprentice, which is the only formal art education he has received.
While learning from his father he joined OK Bazaars as a Commercial Artist where he did Silk Screen printing and Sign Writing. It was during this time that Nicky became fascinated by the Expressionist paintings and began reading everything he could find on the Fauvist Movement.
He bravely took the plunge and became a professional artist in 2001 and started to teach himself how to perfect his drawing skills and expressionistic painting.

As you can see from his pictures, He loves his paintings to tell a story about the bush as well as the social stories about the people and their lives.
Acrylics are his favourite medium, he believes paint is the light that colours life and he gives us plenty of both.

He has exhibited at:

  • Pietermaritzberg Art In The Park 2006 & 2007
  • Blue Caterpillar Gallery in Pietermaritzburg 2006
  • Kwazulu Natal Society of Art Gallery 2006

  • ART SPACE in Durban 2005
  • African Art Centre in Durban 2004

and has his paintings in several PRIVATE & CORPORATE COLLECTIONS such as:

  • Sasol's Head Office in Johannesburg
  • The Trade and Investment KZN Head Office in Durban and at
  • The Blue Parrot Advertising Agency in Johannesburg

Nicky is currently pursuing a BA Degree in Culture and Arts with UNISA via correspondence.


Gill and Nicky are looking forward to meeting you

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