Waiheke Island Auckland, New Zealand
75.000 x 90.000 cm.
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Sandra Marie Adams
Painting - Acrylic On Board
Gods Children was inspired by my love for my children and the wish that all children in the world could have the same opportunities. Gods children is also about gratitude and being happy for what you do have and a regard for those less fortunate. It is also about the journey of the individual soul and the hardships one encounters.
Poverty in Africa refers to the lack of basic human needs faced by certain people in African society. African nations typically fall toward the bottom of any list measuring small size economic activity, such as income per capita or GDP per capita, despite a wealth of natural resources. In 2009, 22 of 24 nations identified as having "Low Human Development" on the United Nations' (UN) Human Development Index were in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2006, 34 of the 50 nations on the UN list of least developed countries are in Africa. In many nations, GDP per capita is less than USD$200 per year, with the vast majority of the population living on much less. In addition, Africa's share of income has been consistently dropping over the past century by any measure. In 1820, the average European worker earned about three times what the average African did. Now, the average European earns twenty times what the average African does. Although GDP per capita incomes in Africa have also been steadily growing, measures are still far better in other parts of the world.
Widespread availability of cheap labor has often perpetuated policies that encourage inefficient agricultural and industrial practices, leaving Africa further impoverished. For example, author P.J. O'Rourke noted on his trip to Tanzania for his book Eat the Rich that gravel was produced with manual labor (by pounding rocks with tools), where in almost everywhere else in the world machines did the same work far more cheaply and efficiently. He used Tanzania as an example of a nation with superb natural resources that nevertheless was among the poorest nations in the world.
Education is also a major problem, even in the wealthier nations. Illiteracy rates are high although a good proportion of Africans speak at least two languages and a number speak three (generally their native language, a neighbouring or trade language, and a European language). Higher education is almost unheard of, although certain universities in Egypt and South Africa have excellent reputations. However, some African nations have a paucity of persons with university degrees, and advanced degrees are rare in most areas. As such, the continent, for the most part, lacks scientists, engineers and even teachers. The seeming parody of aid workers attempting to teach trilingual people English is not entirely untrue.
South Africa under apartheid is an excellent example of how an adverse situation can further degrade. The largely black population earlier wished to learn English (black South Africans saw it as a way to unite themselves as they speak several different native languages).
The greatest mortality in Africa arises from preventable water-borne diseases, which affect infants and young children greater than any other group. The principle cause of these diseases is the regional water crisis, or lack of safe drinking water primarily stemming from mixing sewage and drinking water supplies.
Much attention has been given to the prevalence of AIDS in Africa. 3,000 Africans die each day of AIDS and an additional 11,000 are infected. Less than one percent are actually treated. However, even with the widespread prevalence of AIDS (where infection rates can approach 30% among the sexually active population), and fatal infections such as the Ebola virus, other diseases are far more problematic. In fact, the situation with AIDS is improving in some nations as infection rates drop, and deaths from Ebola are rare. On the other hand, diseases once common but now almost unknown in most of the industrialized world, like malaria, tuberculosis, tapeworm and dysentery often claim far more victims, particularly among the young. Polio has made a comeback recently due to misinformation spread by anti-American Islamic groups in Nigeria. Diseases native to Africa, such as sleeping sickness, also resist attempts at elimination too.
Sandra Marie Adams
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Sandra is a multi award winning New Zealand Artist. Sandra was finalist in the 2012 Bi Annual New Zealand Portrait Awards (Adam Portrait Awards) Sandra was a recent finalist in the prestigious James Wallace Art Awards. Sandra is a full time artist on Waiheke Island and is known for her colourful vibrant acrylic paintings. Stylistically, Sandra has been compared to Rita Angus, painting a wide range of subject matter, including people, buildings, beach scenes and angels. Sandra's works of art have found their way to homes of collectors as far a field as the USA, Saudi Arabia, England, Japan, Germany and Australia.
Sandra exhibits locally and throughout New Zealand.
You can follow Sandra on Facebook Facebook.com/SandraMarieAdamsFineArtist or Twitter Sandra Marie Adams @ SandraAdamsArt
“From the day I picked up a brush I felt I had found my reason for being”.
Sandra Marie Adams lives on a small island off the coast of New Zealand.
Sandra’s work is often driven by a strong autobiographical element. Her paintings are mostly an outward manifestation of the world inside her head. Sandra loves to always be challenging herself as an artist. As a result her subject matter tends to varied. Sandra describes herself as a colourist and uses colour to evoke mood and emotion.
Waiheke Island, where she lives, features strongly in her paintings. Often the beautiful seascapes are used as the background for a story, comment or observation.
Sandra has always been passionate about the injustices in the world and the interplay of good and evil. Sandra often explores these themes in her art. Sandra has also endlessly questioned the validity of the conventional biblical stories. She enjoys portraying her own controversial version of the truth through her art.
A Selection of Recent Exhibitions
2008 - Waitakere Art Awards - selected
2009 - James Wallace Art Awards
2009 - Art Map Listers Exhibition Waiheke Community Art Gallery
2010 - Waiheke Community Art Gallery - Waiheke Winter Festival
2010 - Pocket Rockets, ROCCA Gallery, Dunedin
2011- New Zealand Portrait Awards – selected
2012- Members Show – Waiheke Art Gallery
2012 - The New Zealand Art Show Wellington – selected
2012 – Waiheke Heats Up Waiheke Art Gallery
2013 -The YOUnite Tour International Art Tour – Aiken Gallery South Carolina USA
Nashville TN, Huntsville AL
2013 - The YOUnite Tour International Art Tour The Viridian Nashville USA
2013 - The Members Show Waiheke Art Gallery
1998 - Winner: Waiheke Art Awards
2002 - Finalist:The Pumphouse Art Awards
2002 - Finalist: NorthArt Art Awards
2005 - Finalist:The Pumphouse Art Awards
2008 - Winner -Merit Award – Portrait – Waitakere Art Awards
2009 - Finalist James Wallace Art Awards
2012 - Finalist New Zealand Portrait Awards
2013 - Winner - Best in Show - The YOUnite International Art Tour - Aiken Gallery South Carolina USA
January 13th, 2013
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