The Artist Spotlight for April falls on South African native, Moira Fisher. Moira is a painter who works in acrylics, oils, and multimedia. She is the reigning President of the Visual Artists Collective of Henry County, a group of Henry County artists, and a member Griffin-Spalding Art Association, the McDonough Arts, as well as the Henry Art Alliance, Inc.
Moira Fisher – At Home In a Foreign Land
Moira Fisher was born and raised in the sunny city of Durban, South Africa, and has always had an affinity for drawing. The spectacular colors and lush vegetation in her home country were wonderful subjects for her and at the age of 10 she realized that she could draw a very realistic Day Lily. From that time on, a pencil and paper were her fast friends and the smell of crayons her fragrance of choice. Feeling she was becoming a bit too rigid in her artwork, Moira enrolled in classes to learn to paint in watercolor, a medium where one has less control than any other medium. It was this surrender of some of her control that allowed her creativity to blossom. Many of her works hang in homes and offices in South Africa, all done in water-color or pastels.
A Defining Moment for Moira Fisher
When Moira, her husband, and their young daughter came to the USA in 1993, she left her art supplies behind. She didn’t paint at all, except for the times when she had art class for their daughter as part of the home school curriculum she followed. A gift from her daughter a few years ago reignited the passion for creating. The gift was an easel, acrylic paints and canvases. The attached note said, “You don’t paint anymore.” She realized that this marked a turning point in her life and that it was, indeed, time to do something for herself, something she enjoyed!
Moira paints in both acrylics and oils as her mediums and adds beads and other found objects for texture, dimension and fun. She has found that she now paints with a freedom not previously felt. She loves to teach painting, finding that she is able to draw hidden talent out of her students. She teaches on the first and third Thursday of each month at the McDonough Library. Classes are from 5:30pm to 8pm, giving students time to complete a modest painting of their choice, or to continue on a piece already started.
Her paintings are exhibited at a spa and doctor’s offices in Georgia, at Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge, Georgia, at the State Capitol in Georgia, and at Windermere Fine Art & Custom Framing in Windermere, Florida.
You can learn more about the Visual Artists Collective of Henry County at their Facebook page.