Born in Johannesburg in 1938, Frederike studied at Rhodes University in order to obtain her B.A. Fine Arts degree and continued her studies at the Central School of Art in London. Since 1963 she has beeen a full time professional artist and has held many solo exhibitions throughout South Africa as well as in England.
South African flowerscapes, landscapes, mountains, rockscapes, treescapes, vineyards as well as wildlife and many English landscapes are the embracing theme of Frederike Stokhuyzen's work. Painting only what she feels deeply about, the sheer beauty of nature is captured in her paintings with honesty and originality. Watercolours or pen and wash are executed on the spot in the course of her travels, while the oils are painted exclusively with a palette knife in her studio, a technique that gives her work a dramatic and unique quality.
Frederike travels extensively to gather material for her paintings and in the field. "It is very important for me to portray the scene as it is. From these "sketches" I will develop and compose an oil painting focusing on that which caught my interest initially which usually is the natural design flowing through the scene. For example, the natural composition of positive and negative shapes found in a landscape, rockscape, treescape and wildlife in the South African bushveld."