Maritha van Amerom is a South African born artist with European roots. 'My earliest memories as young artist transport me back to my German Grandmother, a Fine Art Graduate from the University of Graz, Austria. Apart from input from numerous well-known artists throughout my career, my grandmother’s passion for art can still be singled out as one of the biggest influences in my art career.' Having her Master's degree in Psychology she practiced as Psychologist for many years. After enrolling as art student for three years, she made a dramatic career change and started working as full-time artist in 2009. Her fascination with the human body, its form, shape, reaction to elements like gravity or age is the basis from which she works. The most intriguing is the underlying, often invisible emotion inside that body, which translates and becomes alive through hands, posture, eyes and movement. Often the challenge lies in the ability to see the emotional and the imperceptible and to give it form, life and a sense of tangibility. Maritha van Amerom has participated in numerous exhibitions throughout South Africa and her work forms part of collections world wide, including Australia, New Zealand, Dubai, Netherlands, Ireland 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 3 years Maritha has also been involved in running of 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.