Isabelle duToit’s approach to painting is both sensitive and expressive. The artist’s meticulous depictions of mostly solitary animals and birds challenge us to consider the plight of nature in the face of man’s encroachment on nature’s habitats. Combining nuances of chiaroscuro with a unique and exquisitely detailed handling of paint, the artist creates a look and feel that is unique to realism. Although her work addresses serious contemporary concerns, she is also hopeful that it conveys humor, hope and optimism. The emptiness in most of her backgrounds is a reflection on the increasingly isolated and selfish life that modern society has created and portrays loneliness as a human condition as well as our ‘disconnect’ with nature.