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My Creative Process


​c. 1600, from Middle French enthousiasme (16c.) and directly from Late Latin enthusiasmus,
from Greek enthousiasmos "to be inspired or possessed by God, be rapt, be in ecstasy," from "divinely inspired, possessed by God"
"The dominant focus as I work is the quality of my thoughts and the connection to the refinement of emotion during my creative process.
I try to create from a place of inspired action or enthusiasm. The process of art creation can be a deeply cathartic experience and painful thought patterns are often evoked.

Dwelling on unpleasant thoughts is weirdly addictive and hard to be aware of and avoid.
Solitude also evokes deeply held memories and emotions., therefore, keeping my focus clear, honest and joyful is a discipline similar to meditation.
My subject matter is either figurative or abstract representations of the ‘dream or unseen’ world, filled with versions of South African flora and fauna.

In a sense, I am painting an altered state, a liminal world between
here and the plane of thoughts and dreams”



Vintage markets. Botanical art  photography. Fashion. Japanese art movies. Spiritual philosophy. Chilean writer Isabel Allende’s novels.

Patterns. They are EVERYWHERE. I’m obsessed with them.

The curvilinear era, Art Nouveau, and all its artists; Klimt, Mucha, Mackintosh from the Arts and Crafts Movement, African & European Folk Art.

The romantic, stylized artistic expression of that period. Feminine whimsy  - boldness in shapes and vivid colours. 

Early Life 

Born in the USA

A white South African artist and an African American/Navajo musician made love and music in a New York apartment in the 60's. She never saw him again. Nine months later, I arrived. That's a story for another time...


Born in California and raised in a little town in South Africa, my twin sisters and I grew up eating my mothers wholesome organic garden produce and running wild with the creatures on the mountains of Pilgrims Rest.
As a child, I always knew I was an artist, yet I ran away from my vocation - vowing I would not become a "struggling artist" - at the age of 12, having witnessed the struggle of my highly creative, yet economically challenged mother.
Despite that vow, I went on to be a crafter, artist and maker of things ever since, driving my dear mother batty with my penchant for cutting up my clothes to re-make them in my own way.
I sold my first art and craft works at age 10 - papier maché animals, rag dolls and Barbie doll outfits.
I enjoyed packaging them as much as making them. Apparently, people bought them to frame!

Liminal I by Leila Rose Fanner 1.22 x 1.
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  • First exhibition 'Faux Masters' miniature watercolours exhibition,Mpumalanga - 1993.

  • Watercolour studies - Baghdad Café Art Fair exhibited 1992-5.

  • African Ochre Stills series exhibited at a joint exhibition at Casterbridge in 1998.

  • Abstract Art Exhibition’s in the Cape Quarter - 2006 and 2007.

  • SUPERWOMEN -  1st Solo, mixed media portraits, Kunsthouse, Cape Town - 2008

  • 40 Dorp Street Gallery Exhibition - 2009

  • Lovell Gallery - Pieces and Puzzles Exhibition - September 2013

  • Art in The Yard Exhibition - Franschhoek  - November 2013

  • CAPE TOWN ART FAIR - AITY -  group show

  • Skullduggery, The Studio, Kalkbay, July 2014

  • Claudia's Wall Exhibition, Riebeek Kasteel, May 2015

  • 'KINGDOM' group show - Equus gallery, Cavalli Estate, September 2015

  • 'Aeipathy' - Cavalli Gallery, February 2016

  • 'Solo Studio's' - Riebeek Kasteel, July 2016

  • 'Unify' - Art In The Yard, September 2016

  • 'KINGDOM' group show - Cavalli, September 2016

  • 'Flowers In Art' - The Castle of Good Hope, October 2016

  • 'Summertide' - The Gallery, Riebeek Kasteel, Dec - Jan 2017

  • 'Summer Salon' - Aity Gallery, Franschhoek, Dec - Jan 2017

  • Solo Studios 2017

  • Harlem Fine Art Show - New York 2018

  • "Abandoned Garden' - Eclectica Art & Design 2018

  • A Thread Runs Through It - Hermanus Fine Art Show 2018

  • Solo Studios - August 2019 - Riebeek Kasteel

  • Summertide -Group show at RK Gallery. Riebeek Kasteel - December 2019

  • Flourish - Solo - September 2019 at Aity Gallery, Franschhoek

  • FNB Joburg Art Fair - September 2018 - Represented by Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town   

  • Group Show - Candice Berman Gallery, Johannesburg - September 2020

  • Moussa-ya / Womanhood - September 2020 - Band Of Vices Gallery , Los Angeles

  • ICTAF -Investec Cape Town Art Fair - MILAN -September 2021

  • PRIZM - MIAMI - November to December 2021