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"I am influenced by my environment, people and situations arising around me. The human body is the vehicle through which I portray my concepts, emotions and thoughts on increasingly larger canvasses. Though I retain a spiritual relationship with nature, I seldom portray nature in its pure form, preferring to draw on symbolism, myth and emotion."

Ilse works from her studio in Johannesburg, South Africa. After studying fine arts at the University of South Africa and the University of the Free State, she completed two diplomas in fashion design and subsequently manufactured her own label for fourteen years, before returning to the arts in 1998. She has participated in various solo exhibitions as well as group exhibitions.

Her work can be seen hanging in the offices of many South African corporate companies and government institutions, the likes of which include PSG, Channel Anchor, M-Cubed, The Risk Monitor Group, PSG Future Wealth, and The Institute for Retirement Funds of S.A, as well as the Department of Housing. One of her larger works hangs in the Municipal buildings of Nelspruit.

Commissions completed was the art in Global Resorts’s “Dream House” as well as the art for their entertainment areas in the Mondior Hotel. She participated in an exhibition in Boston and has had regular invitations to participate at the Biennale Internazionale Dell` Arte Contemporanea exhibitions in Florence, Italy.

Her work was on show at the Sala Barna, Batik Art Group, gallery in Barcelona, Spain with a further exhibition planned in the future. Other exhibitions include the Merely Mortal Gallery’s “kitsch” exhibition and the” positive” exhibition at Sun City in aid of Aids.

She received a merit award at the centenary celebrations of Oranje Girls School for her contribution and international recognition since she left the school.

A range of paintings was completed on diamonds, including blood diamonds, and the different ways in which diamonds impacts on our lives. This series includes a larger than life portrait of ex-president Mandela “diamond behind bars”. A range was also done for “Diva” an organization fighting abuse against woman and children.

In 2012 her work was delivered to the War Museum in Bloemfontein to commemorate the centenary of the Woman’s Memorial. The brief was to depict the suffering of war and the effect it has on woman and children universally.

In the last few years she has done various commissions for clients on a large scale.