the past is not so far away after all

finding new meaning
through snippets of History

Busting some Painting Myths along the way

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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. 

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Soft Pastel: Is It Safe To Use?
I recently heard of an art college that banned soft pastel because they thought it is toxic and should not[...]
Every Kind of People
This lovely exhibition at Lime Tree Gallery in Bristol features not only two brand new pieces from my studio (The[...]
Paint it Black
Black is one of the most difficult colours to get right in painting. Many artists prefer to use Ivory Black,[...]
Tales of Bees and Flowers
For Lime Tree Gallery’s upcoming exhibition ‘Every Kind of People’ I created two small new paintings. I want to tell[...]
The Art Cafe
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