Astronaut Neil Armstrong (1930 — 2012) died on Saturday at the age of 82. He will be remembered as the first human to set foot on the moon, landing on July 20 1969.
The Apollo 11 mission came at the height of America’s Cold War with the Soviet Union. While the bloody Vietnam war was in full swing the moonwalk lifted Americans with a sense of euphoric achievement and a surge of patriotism. It is said that Armstrong managed to obtain his pilot’s license even before he got a car license. He had his first joyride in a plane at the tender age of 6. Just 32 years later he was standing on the moon. Continue reading “Neil Armstrong Standing On The Moon”
Here on the southern tip of Africa it’s 7:50pm and the sun is sinking on the beautiful Bot River Estuary.
One can just make out the estuary mouth at extreme left on the horizon. The estuary mouth remains closed to the sea for long periods, sometimes years, before it opens naturally to start a new breeding cycle for the many species of fish that populate the estuary.
Local artist Ronald Martin West was born in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, in 1974 and his formal art training started in 1989 when he joined the PJ Olivier Art Centre with sculpture as his main subject.
He studied briefly at the Cape Technicon Graphic Design School while working for a very well-known office automation company. In 2002, after a vivid dream, he resigned from the world of commerce and took up his brushes and paint as a full-time career. Ronald says from that point on he never looked back (12 photographs). Continue reading “Ronald West’s Artwork Is All Vibrant Colours And Love Of Life”