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I am a Dutch-born artist, art tutor, writer and art historian, based in the UK. I find much of my inspiration in art history, especially the Dutch and English 16th and 17th century. I try to find a dynamic between the past and the present in my painterly depictions of lace, silk, and velvet as well as my portraiture. My portrait work has been exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the BP Portrait Award and elsewhere. I paint in oils and pastel and am available for commissions. 

Beautiful galleries show portraiture, fabrics and lace, pastel and drawings as well as recent work. With links to current exhibition listings, how to buy a painting and more. 

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A large resource of articles on art history, pastel and oil painting tips and techniques, exhibition reviews, musings and inspiration.

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How to Frame Art: An Interview with my Framer
Framing is a big part of many artists’ work. But the choice of a good frame can be tricky. Not only can the choice be very personal in taste but it also needs to support and enhance the art work, and not dominate it. In this interview with my favourite framer we discuss all.
Royal Society of Portrait Painters 2018
The Royal Society of Portrait Painters is having its annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. This show shows the best in contemporary realistic portraiture in oils, egg tempera, acrylics, pastel and drawing. The exhibition is a huge inspirational masterclass in how to paint and draw people and is therefore a must-see show for anyone interested in the topic.
Graphite Pencils Explained
As I am working on a graphite and charcoal drawing at the moment I thought you might find it useful if I write down the basics of graphite. What are those letters of HB and H and B at the end of the pencil actually mean and which should you use?
17th Century Dress: A Speaking Fashion
Dress in 16th and 17th century portraiture was loaded with meaning. Portraits then, were vehicles to convey meaning first and foremost. Not only the (royal) status of the sitter, but also her or his heritage, property, material wealth, knowledge or wisdom, geography, and future aspirations were all contained in embroidery, accessories, and fashion.
Two Countries in One Portrait
My Self Portrait with Dog was painted over the course of the months November 2017 until January 2018, although the seed for it was planted way before that still. In the painting I wanted to incorporate a few things as well as show my inspiration and influences. Yet the painting could not be an ode to some old masters;
Bitesize Blog: Van der Helst
Van der Helst’s portrait of cloth merchant Abraham del Court and his wife is all about her stunning white silk dress. Van der Helst was a true master of painting drapery and this painting is no exception. Despite the painterly brush marks the effect is extremely realistic.

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