Laurinda Belcher (b.1987) in Parow, Cape Town is a mostly self-taught abstract painter with a background in early childhood development and an interest in psychology and folklore. She studied Visual Art during Highschool at Tygerberg Art Centre in Parow from 2003 - 2005. Her practice is inspired by the playful nature of her inner child and explores the ways in which early childhood experiences shapes an adult understanding of the world. This interest has imbued her work with both a whimsical and dark nature. Where words fail, her painting practice aims to liberate those, often conflicting, innermost thoughts and feelings. Shapes, colours and line emerge like archaeological findings in her picture plane. Her avid interest in folklore (storytelling) and superstitions shapes the narrative nature of her works so as to tap into the covert human psyche. Belcher worked as a preschool teacher in Hanoi and holds an Early Childhood Development qualification. She was the October 2018 featured artist on Unsung online magazine and has collaborated with the Cape Orchid Society and The Ladybird Project, a Government Educational programme. Her work is represented by Untitled Art and is has exhibited locally at various galleries. She lives and works in Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa with her Partner Zian and their cat Luna.