Biochemist turned artist

Art & Design | By Emma Thembani, Biochemist / Artist | 09 May 2015

I didn’t know I had it in me, this artistic side. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Biochemistry and having worked as a Scientist for more than 10 years, a creative Emma, if you will, was the last thing on my mind. One day a friend of mine invited me to a fund raising event where I met Auntie Thelma Boettrich, the founder of an organization known as Aauwena Arts.  Aauwena Arts seeks to promote artists and is involved in production and marketing of various artefacts. Auntie Thelma initially recruited me to do some research on the medicinal benefits of different herbs. She wanted Aauwena Arts to expand into that area.
As I attended more and more meetings at Aauwena Arts and as I came into contact with artists from different backgrounds, I found that I had other interests. I thought it would be interesting to learn how to paint and to learn to do some bead work. I was paired up with another artist who specialized in beading and he taught me how to make necklaces and earrings. The rest is history.
So far I have 6 original pieces and am coming up with more. I need to be inspired though, before I can come up with more pieces.
Am I going to leave Biochemistry? No, I don’t think I will leave Biochemistry because I love that as well. Maybe I will just pursue both.