Artist in residence and owner of Deciduus Gallery with partner Shane, Santie Cronje juggles a busy work life balance. As a visual storyteller her paintings are closely connected to her life experiences, travels, thoughts and surroundings.
Originally from, South Africa Santie studied Art at school from age sixteen and completed a Bachelors of Arts at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) in 1994. New Zealand has been home since 1999.
Santie’s preferred medium is Acrylics, with its quick drying times and low toxicity. She uses thin layers and washes to create different moods and light effects. A shift in her work since opening Deciduus gallery is seeing Santie experiment with photography and overlaying her painted images to create digital photo paintings.
Her style has been described as “a delicate simplicity and elegance, which touches the childlike side of the heart” Santie is represented by a handful of selected galleries with her work held in private collections in New Zealand and abroad.