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Sarah Shiundu told True African Art.com that one of the most influential joys of African painting art for her is when she gets to train other women to paint too.
We asked Sarah how these women know her as an African artist and Sarah told us:
"Groups come to my home in the evening or when they are on holiday and we just sketch and paint from there. We do anything that gets them started and confident in the field. As time goes by and we practice more they are doing it on their own and they leave so excited! Even small girls and boys are always at my gate. They want to come in. They ask me, 'Sarah are you painting today?' I tell them 'Yes, It feels good when people spend their time doing something that makes them happy!"
Sarah Shiundu was born in Kakamega, Kenya. Sadly passing away too early in her late forties. Sarah attended primary school near the Indian Ocean on the coastal side of Kenya called Mombasa. As a child, Sarah's family supported her art interest. Her Father, a mathematician, encouraged her to apply her artistic ability by being an architect. But Sarah, upon growing up, later moved to the capital city to instead study design at the University of Nairobi. Sarah raised two grown children, who also studied at the University, majoring in Engineering and Communications. One of these, her daughter, hopes to create an animated TV series.
In Sarah Shiundu's Video Interview, you can watch as she describes how she makes her original African paintings and what it is that inspires her African artwork. Most of all you can find a revealing commentary about being a woman African artist. Sarah proudly and confidently embraces this role, which she well should!
We are honored to know Sarah and wish her every little blessing she seeks through her artwork.
Another woman artist on True African Art.com is Gathinja. Another is Mahlet from Ethiopia and Ghada Malik from The Sudan. A few other paintings by African women artists are by Anne Berenge, Jane Wanjeri, and Maryann Muthoni on our Many Artists Page, but all their paintings have sold.