Talented Durban artist, Shena Macdonald answers this week’s ‘Off the Cuff’ 20 questions.
My secret pleasure is … Indian shawls and Bollywood songs.
My first job was … an art teacher in a girl’s high school.
My most annoying habit is … being absent-minded.
A clear childhood memory is … being in a play pen in a garden with my sister where bright orange ‘Flame of the Forest’ flowers had fallen and laughing at each other as we tried them on like bonnets … I can still feel the stickiness of the nectar of the stamens in my hair.
What makes me really nervous is … being stuck in a queue.
The best advice my parents gave me was … find out what your passion is and build your life around it.
If I wasn’t an artist, I’d be … a film maker.
I’m most thankful for … my identical twin sister.
My favourite meal is … vegetarian North Indian curries.
I know it’s good for me, but I hate … sit ups.
A song that resonates is … Singing in the rain.
My ‘happy place’ is … my own thoughts … I can go there any time I choose … I call it my secret place and I can be transported anywhere.
My most embarrassing memory is … when I started talking to my reflection in a shop mirror … thinking it was my twin sister … the shop assistant looked at me very sideways!
My hidden skill is … I’m good at maths and logic sums.
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If I was a dog, I’d be a … Golden Retriever.
It’s a bit corny but I love … Agatha Christie … ‘whodunnits’.
I’m most at peace when … my head and house are tidy.
Country I’d love to visit … Myanmar
Favourite quote … ‘We are not citizens of earth making our way to heaven, but citizens of heaven making our way through the earth’.