South Harris Art Gallery


13 Northton, Isle Of Harris, Harris, HS3 3JA

    As a portrait painter my aim is to capture the essence of that person, the laughter and pureness of a child, the royal aura of a Queen. Painting a landscape is painting the atmosphere. When not open, please give us a call 01859-520315, Welcome!


    As a portrait painter (MA and Dutch RA) my aim is to capture the essence of that person, the laughter and pureness of a child, the royal aura of a Queen.

    Painting a landscape is the essence of the atmosphere, which can be a cold, rainy day or storm lashing the coast or light putting sun on the white sands of Scarista beach.

    Sketching is getting to this essence without too much detail, like painting horses, or painting action.


    I love to paint and have painted all my life. I love teaching too and watch people master techniques, being able to express themselves through technique, lots of excersice and sometimes we need a  bit of luck. I have made many mistakes, have thrown away many trials, have painted hundreds, thousands of paintings and drawings as it is hard to be satisfied with the result, as nature can never been beaten. But... to try is fun!!!


    In the NL we had an Art School and International Art Gallery  for 20 years. We have taught many many people, mostly adults for all those years and it was fantastic seeing them all love to paint and express themselves. At some point I taught Art and Techniques at Secondary school 2-3 days a week and loved the challenge to motivate young people too. As an artsit I have had the opportunity to meet many diferent people, Ambassadors of many countries sat for me, Royals from Kuwait, India and the NL, lots of children and celebraties, I have been very lucky to meet all these people and also I'm very grateful for all the opportunities given.

    Becoming 50 it was time for a change in our lives. We have sold it all, quit two well paid jobs, payed off the mortgage and built together with our sons and good tradesmen 2 cottages and moved  to the Isle of Harris, being able to paint the strong atmosphere of the Hebrides and breath space.

    We have down sized from a big house into a small, from many studio's into one tiny one where I work and also I teach art at the Harris primairy schools.2 days a week. 

    On request I also give private painting tuition in all techniques and materials like, water colour, oil, acrylics for beginners and masterclasses. You are very welcome to call in!

    I love my freedom, so I'm not open at set times, please give me a call or see if we are in, thank you!


    On request I also give private painting tuition in all techniques and materials like, water colour, oil, acrylics for beginners and masterclasses.

    Also on request I am happy to paint on commission portraits, landscapes, animals or whatever request you have. I even have painted a portrait on a huge sail of the  Dutch Sailing team.


    South Harris Art Gallery tel 01859-520315. Welcome!!



    Suzan Visser-Offereins

    South Harris Art Gallery

    13 Northton,

    Isle of Harris

    South Harris

    HS3 3JA 


    tel: 0044 (0)1859-520315


    NL, the Hague 1958        


    If interested

    Curriculum Vitae;

    CV- Artist MA

    1980-Graduated BA at Delft the Netherlands

    2002-Graduated MA Willem de Koning Akademie- Rotterdam.

    1980- USA_Connecticut-New Haven:4 H-camp  art-director, project murals.

    1981- Galerie Arti-Shock-Rijswijk the Hague- exhibition pastels selection from 350 pastell/portraits.

    1984- Ministry of Home affairs- exhibition of 12 portraits of ambassadors ( China, USA, Norway, Cape Verde, Kuwait,etc.) and 28 portraits of foreign people residing in the Netherlands (Peru, Japan, Hungaria, Canada,etc).

    1985- Portrait of the Prince and Crown prince of Kuwait.

    1985- Ministry of Finance - exhibition 

    1986- Executive of the Province of South Holland- the Hague - exhibition

    1987- Royal Shell- the Hague - exhibition

    1990- Opening of our own Int.Art Centre-Middelharnis – International Art Gallery, Art courses, Art travels, Lectures on History of Art.

    1993-1996- Project commission Hernesseroord-Stichting Zuid Wester - Middelharnis

    42 portraits of mentally disabled people, exhibition and published in bookform 1999

    1995- Commission-Three dimensional artwork for the Executive of Watermanagment Office at Middelharnis

    1996- Commission: portrait of HM Queen Beatrix - Executive of Watermanagment Office at Tiel

    1997- Commission: Three dimensional artwork at Hernesseroord.

    1998- Commission of the Municipality of Rijnsburg-portrait HM Queen Beatrix of        the Netherlands, Sitting session at the Royal Palace in the Hague.

            - project 32 oilpaintings of Royalty of the Netherlands.

            - exhibition of Royal portraits at Rijnsburg- 

    - publishing of catalogue Focus on Beatrix Queen of the Netherlands


    1998- Commission: portrait of HM Executive of Watermanagment Office at Middelharnis

    1999-Commission: Municipality of Rijnsburg- :the four Queens.

    1999- Portraits of Tibetans- exhibition Int. Art Centre Middelharnis

    1999- Museum Panorama Mesdag- exhibition Focus on Beatrix Queen of the Netherlands

    2000- Museum Willem van Haren at Heerenveen - exhibition Focus on Beatrix Queen of the Netherlands

     2000- Commission: Municipality of Katwijk -  portrait of HM

    2000- Commission : Municipality of Waddinxveen -  portrait of HM

    2000- Commission: Municipality Middelharnis -  portrait of HM

    2001- Commission:Lady Speaker, House of Commons (NL.)- portrait of HM

    2001- Commission: Headoffice ABN bank- the Hague -  portrait of HM

    2001- Commission: Municipality of Goedereede -  portrait of HM

    2002- Commission: Bosseschool –Middelharnis -  portrait of HM

    2003- Commission: Municipality of Korendijk-  portrait of HM

            - Exhibition Harris- Scotland – Scottish landscapes

    Portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II

    2003- Commission Royal Cavalery- honour escorte the Hague.

    2004- Commission: portrait HM- Prins Mauritsschool at Dirksland.

    2005- Commission:BNMO Veterans -  portrait of HM.

             - Museum of Communication at the Hague ;exhibition 30 april- 30 oktober. 

            -  Bonneterie- The Haque exhibition May

            -   Museum at Katwijk 30 october 2005- 9 January 2006 Focus on Beatrix     Queen of the Netherlands

    2006-Commission Municipality of Ede, three Queens and Crown prince Willem-Alexander, sitting session at his home/palace Villa Eikenhorst- Wassenaar/ The Haque

    2007 Exhibition Royal Paintings municipality Rijsburg

    2008 Exhibition Seallam-Northton 

    2009 Exhibition 100 hears Royalty-Katwijk

    2010-2011 Exhbition in the Flowershow Keukenhof-Lisse Queen juliana Paviljoen

    2012 exhibition Royal Palace Soestdijk

    2012 Exhibition Magna Plaza Amsterdam portretten-in-paleis-soestdijk.html

    During the past years I have painted many portraits of private people, children,captains of industry, commissions of Royalty. And I love painting horses!

    A small selection can be viewed on my website;

    Since 1990 I’ve been director of the International Art Centre.

    Since 2010 Art teacher at Harris

    Besides that I have organised many international art travels and workshops to Tunesia, Marocco, Egypt and Wales.





    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    Opening Times 2015
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2015

    Open when the sign is out, alternatively please call to see if we are home, you are very welcome 01859-520315
    Mostly I work in my little studio on commissions, further all original paintings in oil of wildlife, birds, landscapes of South Harris and portraits framed and unframed.

    Road Directions

    From Tarbert, drive the west coastal road to Leverburgh.

    Just past Scarista, branch off into Northton or An Taob Tuath. We are immediately past the red phone box, in the middle of the village, the only white house with a red roof. We have two entrances one is for our cottages, the other entrance is for the Gallery.

    On request I also give private painting tuition in all techniques and materials like, water colour, oil, acrylics for beginners and masterclasses.

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