Erna Wade was born in Namibia, and having studied and lived in Potchefstroom and Pretoria, I now reside in the small town of Eshowe in KZN. I obtained a degree in sciences, but have always persued art as a passionate interest. In 2008 I was able to start doing art full time.


My art is currently represented in private collections in South Africa, the UK, Australia, and the USA. Themes for my art emerge from my connectedness with nature, its subtleties and small surprises. I start a painting with a free, intuitive under painting of washes, textures, runs and drips, over which I then draw and paint the subject, allowing the under-painting to show through in areas. I find exploring colours and textures in this way intensely satisfying.


My favourite media are watercolour, acrylic and oil.