Annemarie was born in Barberton, Mpumalanga in 1946. She attended a farm school that her Dad built for the community. Living on a farm those years, contact with the outside world was very limited. She kept herself busy with creative activities. From a very young age she was aware that making a difference in people’s lives would be her life’s mission. After primary school, she went to boarding school in Nelspruit where she matriculated. In 1968 she graduated from the University of Pretoria as a social worker.
Keeping herself busy with creative projects, was still very much part of her life. She always loved art and admired people who could create beautiful paintings, wishing she had the talent to also draw and paint, but believed she didn’t have the talent. She got married and raised two children.
Her husband was transferred to Cape Town in the year 2000. Arriving in Cape Town, she knew that she needed a new challenge. She attended local art classes at the age of 55 years, and soon discovered that this is what she wanted to do the rest of her life. She bought art books, and taught herself to paint. She enjoyed it very much and made wonderful creative friends.
At the age of 60 years she scaled down her painting to pursue another dream. She started a food parcel, and job creating project in the local township. For ten years she worked very hard, enjoying every minute of it.
At the age of 70, she and her husband moved to a Retirement centre. She is still involved with providing food parcels, but decided, God willing, to paint the rest of her living years. Her final dream is to still making a difference in people’s lives through her art.