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So I am what people call ‘self-taught’ and continue to find challenges and learn new things. Learning through looking at other art, reading, and most of all working hard and always trying to push beyond my own limits. I want every painting to be better than the one before and I try to set a new challenge in every painting I create. I learn a lot from looking at and reading about the contemporary realists as they are popping up all over the world, but predominantly in the US. Realism is definitely rearing its head although the UK seems still a bit reluctant to allow it in. Twentieth century conceptual art has a strong foothold but I feel it is a thing of the past and we need to move on and revalue the painting instead of the viewer. But I think I am digressing…
A little about me: I am Dutch, a mum of two boys, live in Gloucestershire, and am a artist. I love painting people, figures and portraits and textures such as fabrics.
The last stage of a painting goes slowly. The painting sits in the studio and I look at it. Upside down, in a mirror, on a computer screen. I look for flaws, details to fix, subtle changes to make.
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