matriculated in 1976 with Art as a subject, and started University
in Pretoria in 1977, completing a BA Degree in 1980 in Geography
and Archaeology. She continued her educational career and obtained
a BA(Hons) in Geography in 1982, a BA(Hons) in Archaeology in 1989
and a Masters Degree in Environmental Management in 2003. She and
Nic Louw, then trainee dentist, got married in 1980. They have two
Paul (25) and Maria (20).
started practicing in Mafikeng in 1983. Caromin always supported
Nic in his practice, but never neglected her love for the arts.
During the 90’s, she attended ‘Gills’ School of Art’, as well as
evening art classes with Margaret Espley-Jones, a trained UK Art
she lectured Geography at the University of Uniwest and worked as
a private heritage environmental consultant. Consequently, she owned
and ran a creative business in Mafikeng, doing designs, printing,
and machine embroidery.
publishing of a 'YEAR 2000 CALENDAR' with her painting of historical
buildings in Mafikeng, together with a 'YEAR 2000 DIARY, was one
of the highlights of her career.
Louw-family worked and lived in Mafikeng for almost 23 years until
they relocated to the UK in 2004.
getting settled in at Folkestone, she joined the Hythe Art Society.
The Society's summer programme brought her in touch with the beautiful
Kent country and its exceptional scenery, and she started to paint
in earnest again. The old and characteristic English buildings,
together with the changing seasonal colours of the famous Kent landscape,
captured her imagination. Wherever she goes, she takes her camera
with her looking out for unexpected scenes, such as a little purple
flower against a red brick wall, bright yellow daffodils alongside
an old warn-out wooden fence, a glimpse of an old farmhouse in the
mist... On sunny days she packs her easel and brushes and enjoys
practicing live painting in the open air.
will always love the African Scenery, and painting wildlife and
African Landscapes is still one of her great passions. She mainly
uses photographs published in wildlife books to draw from, giving
her own interpretation to the scene. She recently became a member
of The Wildlife Art Society International (TWASI), and plans to
exhibit some of her wildlife paintings at Port Lympne at TWASI's
Annual Exhibition later this year.