Anita Barnard is an acclaimed South African artist, now living in Stilbaai on the Garden Route where she devotes herself to her passion of painting.
Anita is the great-granddaughter of Scottish castaway John Wilson who survived the shipwrecked "Maid of Thames" which was stranded near Arniston in close proximity to the village of Skipskop on the Overberg coast.
Born on a nearby farm in the region known as Ruens, she spent most of her school education in Swellendam and then went on to tertiary education in Stellenbosch where she received an academic qualification as a teacher.
After qualifying, Anita moved to Kimberly and later to Petersburg where she met her husband Gerrie. They were married and had 3 children before moving to Kempton Park where Anita devoted her life essentially to her family as mother and homemaker and occasional student- and substitute teacher.
Stilbaai also known as the bay of the sleeping beauty, is a picturesque seaside village just 26 km off the N2 national highway on the famous Garden Route. The town is an ideal stopover when planning your Garden Route adventure since it offers so much to visitors to this unspoilt coastal town.
Stilbaai flanks the beautiful Goukou river which is navigable for up to 15 km inland. Pristine beaches with blue flag status, birding, hiking, whale watching (in season), angling, paragliding, golf, bowls, tennis and sailing to name but a few activities will keep visitors occupied endlessly.