The Heroine’s Journey of Paula Wiegmink Nee Fick

What is the best thing that I love about my work? I get to create the things I love and share my passion for life with the world.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? To share my life with the people I love and to be loved.
What is my greatest fear? To loose one of my senses; eyesight, hearing and touch. The thought of never being able to see, touch or hear my family.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? My constant self doubt! As much as I know it is not productive it still sneaks in when I least expect it.
Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? I most admire the late David Shepherd who used his artistic talents to draw attention to wildlife. But mostly known for his depiction of the African elephant.
What is my greatest extravagance? Travel!  My greatest extravagance is my recent 12,000 klm photographic road trip to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe. But also the most exciting bucket list accomplishment!
On what occasion would I lie? This would be very hard for me. I would only do it to protect someone from getting hurt.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? The only thing I don’t enjoy in my work is self marketing and promotion! I really struggled with it in the beginning but learned to accept that it was necessary and deal with it.
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I am happiest right now doing what I was born to do. Something I waited a long time for. Having my own studio, immersed in the sheer joy of painting is indeed a dream realised.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I don’t think I would change anything. I am one of gods creations and that in itself is a miracle of life. What could be more wonderful.
What is my greatest achievement in work? Having the image of my painting ‘Tears of the Rhino’ the face of a the global poster awareness campaign for endangered species. Launched in London, UK by the One. Fight. Unite. Say No campaign the post is being signed by highly influential people like Sir David Attenborough, Dr Jane Goodall, Sir Peter Blake among many others.
Where would I most like to live? I love where I live now in the South Western Region, Australia. But if the situation was different, the African bush!
What is my most treasured possession? My wedding ring. The symbol of a happy 37 year marriage and three wonderful children.
What is my most marked characteristic? People say I have a sparkling personality.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I live rurally and we have the most incredible beaches and scenery.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? The Studio Bistro, Yallingup, Western Australia. Their chef is a genius.
What books influenced my life and how? ‘Jock of the bushveld’ was the first book I ever read as a child and it taught me about the bond between a human and animal.
The second book was about a horse named ‘Black Beauty.’ It was the first prize I ever won for my school work and the book instilled a love of reading.
The third was David Shepherds biography ‘The man who loved giants.’ His journey showed me how powerful art can be and the amazing path it took him on. His work influenced the preservation and conservation of wildlife and inspired many to follow.
Who are my favorite writers? Wilbur Smith, Beverly Harper and Tony Park whose books on Africa are enthralling.
What music would I listen on my last day? ‘Only you’ by the Platters.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My heroes are David Shepherd and Dr Jane Goodall
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? The Notebook
What role plays art in my life and work? I never chose art it chose me and it is my life. One which I am most grateful and blessed to have.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My husband, Menno is my greatest supporter, critic and fan.
Whom would I like to work with in 2018? I would love to work with wildlife artist Canadian Robert Bateman
Which people in my would i love to meet in ? I would love to meet South African Wildlife artist Peter Gray and Canadian artist Robert Bateman.
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?  I am looking forward to working on a series of small bird paintings for my local gallery.
Where can you see me or my work in 2018?
You can see my work on the following links:
Online gallery:
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?  Being an artist for as long as I am alive
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Sue Smorthwaite
How can you contact me? Facebook
One Fight. Unite. RAGES Community
Fine art tips Painting Acrylic Wildlife with Paula Wiegmink on Colour In Your Life
In this fine art TV show episode Paula Wiegmink is interviewed with Colour In Your Life about painting, drawing, art workshops, art tips and art techniques. …

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