NANETTE (WESSELS) RANGER
The Life & Works of a South African Sculptor:
Nanette ( Wessels) Ranger is the fifth born child of Marius and Rusty Wessels. She was raised in a happy and creative home in Durban, South Africa and went on to study Fine Art at the University of the Free State. There she completed a four year Art degree in 1993 under the tutelage of Ben Bothma, Jan Schutte, Frik Potgieter, Zelia Horne and Marnus Havenga.
In 1990 she married environmentalist, Sean Ranger. Her first born Dylan came later the same year and her and her daughter, Adrian followed in (1994). In 1993 while at university her work was chosen for the Rolfes Impressions - a traveling exhibition. After completing her studies she moved to Warmbaths in the Northern Province of South Africa where she honed her mold making and metal casting skills under the guidance of mentor and friend, Connie van Wyk.
Towards the end of 1997 she relocated to the Western Cape with her family and menagerie of animals, settling down in the vineyard country of the Boland north of Cape Town in Paarl, where they currently reside. In 2000, she opened the Nanette Ranger Art Studio, a private Art School that offers drawing, painting, sculpture and printing to adults and children.
In 2006-2007 she began her experimentation with various materials and techniques, undertaking courses in ceramics with Paarl ceramicist Debbie de Beer and sandstone and marble sculpting with the Italian master carver, Severino Bracchialarghe. In early 2008 she expanded her understanding of materials completing a course in Glass slumping with locally based Christa Goosen.
Under the influence of sculptors such as Rodin, Henry Moore, Dylan Lewis, Angus Taylor, Jacques Fuller, Jacques Dhont, Severino Bracchialarghe, David Steele etc., Nanette became increasingly drawn to sculpture as her medium of expression. Her experimentation with materials continues with her current work in ceramics and mixed media.