Description 15' x 11' Watercolor; A Cape Town landmark is a prime example of a star fort. Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company, its the oldest existing colonial building in South Africa. Its position marks the original shoreline before years of land reclamation changed the Table Bay coastline. The materials used to build the Castle were local and included rock cut from the granite outcrop on Signal Hill, and blue slate and shells transported from Robben Island. The Castle was built by soldiers, volunteers, slaves, and Khoi undergoing punishment. The building housed everything from a church, bakery and living quarters, to various workshops, shops, and prison cells, among other facilities. Yellow paint was originally chosen for the walls because it reduced the effects of the hot African sun.
Lisa Lu, State of Washington Member Since March 2009 Artist Statement Lisa first started painting with color pencils at the age of 10, and she has always loved to paint ever since; it allows her to express feelings with a peaceful mind. Self-taught and self-developed in watercolor and ink painting, each of Lisa's painting is a journey to adventure. Lisa presently resides with her husband and their son in the State of Washington. She is a licensed architect, and currently works in an architecture firm, while continuing self study and painting on architecture and landscape subjects in watercolors.