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                 A self-confessed neat freak, Sarah         Raised in Zimbabwe, Sarah went on           Sarah arrived in South Africa in 1988
                 Danes Jarrett is a delight to chat to      to study commercial art at the Harare  (following a boyfriend) and now
                 for her natural simplicity and down-       Technikon, now she is considered            resides in Wynberg in the beautiful

                 right honesty. She admits that she         one of this countries finest naturalist  Cape with her two teenage children.
                 doesn’t have extreme views about           artists. Her exquisite, bright, blocky,     She opts for a simple life out of the
                 things and doesn’t feel the need to        large scale portraits demand a              limelight, where small talk can be

                 put avid political or fundamental          response. Her faces often stare right       kept to a minimum. “this surely must
                 messages across in her work. She           back at you as the viewer - they            be tricky, when your work is in high
                 simply adores the process and              contain an alluring quality which           demand and exhibitions and events
                 journey of a painting.                     makes you want to look back and see  call for their fair share of your public
                                                            if she is still looking at you. And she     self?” She admits that she finds these

                 Sarah is an artist who would put           always is.                                  events a little stiff but once she’s out
                 herself in the “introvert” category.                                                   of her ‘painting clothes’ and finally
                 Softly spoken with words carefully         When you ask her the plebeian               gets to an exhibition, she enjoys the

                 measured, Sarah takes a long breath        question, “Yes, you can paint but can  chatting and sharing of ideas despite
                 in before answering any questions          you draw?” Sarah breathes in as she         her inertia.
                 - and one is instantly aware that          thinks back fondly and tells you of
                 although quiet she is certainly no         Martin Van de Spuy, ‘A wonderful
                 pushover. After chatting to her, ones      lecturer and fine artist,’ who really

                 gets the feeling that this is someone      inspired her. He encouraged his
                 who if you ask the age old question,       students to fall in love with figure
                 “does my bum look fat in these             drawing which she just adored…and

                 jeans?” she would quietly ask you to       probably seeded her eventual love for
                 turn around, take a good look and          figurative and portrait work. So yes,
                 then tell you without hesitation the       she can draw!
                 unadulterated truth.

 The Travelling Art Gallery
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