The late Anna-Liisa Buchholz.
The late Anna-Liisa Buchholz.

Ulmarra artist loses long battle with cancer


THE world will have a bit less colour this week with the passing of Ulmarra resident and world renowned painter, Anna-Liisa Buchholz, at the weekend.

Mrs Buchholz, who taught thousands of students from all over the world, died on Saturday aged 60 after a two-and-a-half year battle with cancer.

Celebrated for her traditional folk art paintings, Mrs Buchholz taught in Finland, Germany, Korea, Japan and the USA.

Fred Buchholz, Anna-Liisa's husband of 43 years, said she loved art and teaching.

Specialising in 'Bauernmalerei', a traditional European folk art, Mrs Buchholz was in constant demand for her skills.

"She really, really liked to teach traditional folk art and she taught everywhere ? she was very well known," Mr Buchholz said.

"They came to her to learn her beautiful folk and decorative art and she even went to Finland University and taught the teachers, who would then pass on the skills to their students."

Mr Buchholz said Anna-Liisa would be sorely missed.

"She was my soul mate, I loved everything about her," he said.

"She was warm and friendly and she had a lot of patience, especially for her students."

Mrs Buchholz used to run the Ulmarra Folk Art Cottage be- fore it closed more than two years ago, and many local students passed through her studio.

"She did a lot for Grafton and the area, she had so many students in Grafton," Fred said.

Originally from Finland, AnnaLiisa fell in love with Australia when she holidayed here with Fred in 1983.

They have been in Australia ever since. The couple moved to Ulmarra 17 years ago and instantly felt at home, Fred said.

"Ulmarra was one of her favourite spots and it was her life," he said.

"She loved the Clarence River, the sunsets every evening ? Anna-Liisa loved it very much."

A private memorial service will be held at Ulmarra on Saturday.

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