Patrick Seruwu is a South African artist whose paintings have been exhibited nationally. Patrick’s work portrays the strength of women and captures moments from their daily lives and, through this subject, Patrick also acknowledges the different and positive attributes that he witnesses in his mother. His color choices, either sepia or pink, are a reflection of the time that is needed to heal, as well as a representation of everyday tensions. Artist Statement My work focuses on the strength of women, captured via everyday moments. I focus on charcoal drawing and acrylic painting on canvas, applied in the form of a wash. The washes mimic the constant wish that some women have to wash away certain experiences they have undergone in their lives. Choosing deliberately to wash the canvas and allow the paint to drip I think of this as a metaphor for women’s tears of pain, but also of joy and success. Most portraits are drawn in the form of bust figures, like the idealised eternal youth and strength of the Roman and Greek statues, which, for me, signifies pillars of strength, but also a reflection of womanhood and of the fact that time passes. The moments captured in my work point to a sensitive issue around the world; Johannesburg is a cosmopolitan city that attracts people from all social, political, and cultural backgrounds, especially from neighbouring African countries, in search of work. It is especially within this multicultural work-deprived and overpopulated environment of Johannesburg, where I experience the strength of the women I come across in daily life.