Jandre Raats, or call him Jan, is as he would say, a bad engineer; owning up to his finger painting art as his true career calling. This clever man, with a PhD in Business Strategy, an MBA and a BSc in Electrical Engineering, is also an award winning artist that has practised his desirable art technique for the past 15 years.

You don’t instantly realise what technique was used when first viewing a colourful canvas of Raats’. When you take a closer look you’ll realise by the “brush” strokes that are worked in a crisscross motion that by using his fingers, his left hand (interestingly he is right handed) works in a downward stroke; by turning the canvas around he creates the same movement juxtapositionally. His work is expressionistic, inspired by impressionism he sees in the surroundings he’s in.
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Jan has been immensely involved in the Knysna Arts Festival (1-9 October 2016), doing demonstrations and workshops. He likes to share artistic information and hosts art film nights. Pop in to his studio and gallery to meet Jan, who is always keen for a chat and a coffee. Like his facebook page for his daily shares and the events he hosts here. Find him at TH2 Long Street, Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna.


Ricardo L. van Lingen
Ricardo is a qualified graphic designer and a self-taught artist, photographer, web designer, ink illustrator and avocado grower. He is a born creative and able to master and bend any medium to his will. With high energy and passion, Ricardo is at his happiest when challenged with new creative projects.