Self-taught artist Monique Koning is creating a legacy while inspiring others to make bold decisions, even when it isn’t easy.

Monique Koning is a Cape Town-based artist who found her vocation later in life, as a source of expression and form of healing.

She expresses herself boldly on her canvases with colourful florals and several other subject matters. While she constantly experiments with different textures and techniques, her signature pieces are big bold bouquets. “Flowers to me are magical and beautiful. They smell just lovely and they brighten up a room, and your life,” explains Monique.

She has sold her works all over the world, and considers herself “eccentric, expressive, passionate, playful and spontaneous,” which you can tell from her painting style and subject choice.

A self-taught expressionist, Monique shares, “Art found me, I didn’t find art. As soon as I realised that I had finally found my calling, I knew that there was more reason to me painting than to just making a living. My goal is to inspire and motivate moms (especially single moms) who don’t believe in themselves and are going through tough times.”

We asked the mom of two to share how she aspires to ‘live better’ in line with the legacy of The Insider SA.

How are you aspiring to live better?

“I make every day count as if it is my last but never giving up on my aspirations, and I show joy in the little things that we take for granted. Be childlike, but not childish. Happiness is how you look at life.”

What legacy would you like to leave behind?

“To have achieved the status of a renowned South African artist and live the life I was meant to live”

What valuable lessons would you like to share with South Africa?

“Appreciate everything that you are given – even if it’s just the air around you. Always speak positive words about yourself and try and avoid speaking ill of others – words are powerful!”

Where do you go to escape and connect with yourself?

“I love to escape into nature. The winelands are my favourite 😊”

Do you have an encouraging quote you’d like to leave us with?

“Just like the sun comes up every morning, there is ALWAYS light at the end of a tunnel!”