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!!
South Harris Art Gallery
Isle of Harris
tel: 0044 (0)1859-520315
NL, the Hague 1958
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
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; www.suzan-offereins.nl
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.