Identities made up out of countless layers,
Emotions exposing the ultimate soul,
Inextricably linked to her surroundings;

The reflection of
The Woman


Particularly women and their expressions are key elements in my paintings. Their open attitude radiate vulnerability as well as their strength. This is enhanced by their transparency; the characters flow as it were, into the background. For me it is not a challenge to paint a likeness, but to find the right balance between tension and tranquility, to create an exciting image on the borders of the figurative and abstraction. 

The shape of a face may change for the benefit of a balanced composition and the desired atmosphere. Layer by layer, capriciousness versus softness, opaque versus transparency. The background, like our own living environment, plays an equally important role in the image. My inspiration illuminates in the structure of the eyes. Together with the colours used, these strongly determine the look and ambiance of the final painting. I want to create something that is both beautiful, which gives you a sense of balance, but also intrigues, something that makes you notice something different in it every day. Read more about my art, my inspiration.

Recently sold

€3.500 |  Commissioned (116x82x3cm) | Sold to a collector in Busenwurth, DL

€4.500 | Sold to a collector in Cambridgeshire, GB

€3.200 | Commissioned (120x100x3cm) | Sold to a collector in Busenwurth, DL

€4.300 | Sold to a collector in New Jersey, USA

€3.900 | Sold to a collector in Radomsko, Poland

In addition to my paintings, I also create commissioned work, typically imbued with the same ambiance as my existing artworks. Over the past few years, clients consistently express that I’ve successfully captured the ‘essence’ of their loved ones – whether it’s a partner, child, or grandchild. Discover more about this unique process.

Many of my clients reside abroad; learn more about my meticulous shipping policy here.


Selection of commissioned portraits

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Hesther van Doornum

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Hesther van Doornum