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My Suffolk weekend: Theronda Hoffman

PUBLISHED: 12:31 31 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:35 20 February 2013

Theronda Hoffmann an artist, and owner of a gallery/workshop on the outskirts of Ipswich, tells us how she balances work and home life

Theronda Hoffmann an artist, and owner of a gallery/workshop on the outskirts of Ipswich, tells us how she balances work and home life




I work on Saturdays so the weekend is a mix of business and pleasure! Customers, or just people browsing, will come in to Kesgrave Arts and look around and its nice meeting people. I do art workshops giving budding artists the chance to work with acrylics, oils, watercolours or collographing. I think it is great as it gives someone the chance to go home with a masterpiece they have created.
Sunday is all about relaxation. We (my dentist husband and two sons) will maybe go out for a meal . . . as I write we have just been to The Oriental, a Chinese restaurant in Ipswich. I adore their mussels in a black bean sauce.
In the summer I love going to the car boot sales. For me its very relaxing and fun. I also enjoy a bacon buttie and a cup of tea while Im there.
Suffolk is so beautiful so on a Sunday we will drive somewhere like my favourite place, Aldeburgh.
I think because I am from a different country (South Africa), I do appreciate the lovely Suffolk landscapes more, and the changeable weather doesnt bother me. There are so many beautiful places to go like Orford a village with a special feel.
During the week its a case of so much to do and so little time to do it all.
I am fortunate to get my first cup of coffee at seven in the morning, still in bed, before I get up. I will then have another cup outside on the patio with my husband, before he goes off to work.




I am a passionate, dramatic person, with lots and lots of ideas. My best personality trait is my empathetic view on people around me.





I then switch on the hated computer and have a look at my emails. I hate computers, but it is the future.
We live at Kesgrave Arts, on the outskirts of Ipswich, so I usually do some housework, or other chores, in between my work in the gallery. The boys give me a lot of washing and ironing!
I try to paint every day and call it my stolen moments. This year I got into the Royal Academy summer exhibition a great honour and a fantastic inspiration.
I still say: Live to paint and paint to live.
I have three studios, a teaching one, an etching and welding one and my private studio in the basement under my gallery. The latter is full of work, new and old.
I am a passionate, dramatic person, with lots and lots of ideas. My best personality trait is my empathetic view on people around me.
I do support some local charities. Two of the most important ones are Headway and the local hospice. I am planning the Headway client exhibition, which will follow Limelight (an exhibition by my students, adults and children).
At a recent fundraiser for the hospice a deckchair which I painted raised a fantastic 800.
Almost all of my clothes have paint on them, and my hands as well. This was how I met my husband. Hands full of paint and graffiti plus trousers with a graffiti motif on. It makes me think of all the local subways where I also do legal graffiti with the local council and schools.
As I conclude this piece, dinner is in the oven and I am waiting in my car for one of my sons, while he is on an appointment with the doctor.
Tonight I have an art class for new students.
Then I must work on a commission at Walberswick and I must experiment with a new idea. Oh, and I will get round to painting a romantic Aldeburgh. Is that not the Venice of Suffolk?

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