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About Renate





“Animals are my greatest sources of inspiration and the main subject of my paintings. Their honesty and pureness is something I love; there are no masks they're hiding behind. I feel at ease around them and that’s why I love to paint them.







Key dates:

2019: winner of Jumbish International Online HorseArt contest 2019

2018: winner of certificate ‘Among best 50’ of GAWA International Watercolor Online Contest-2018

2018: article in the magazine The Art of Watercolour

2017: followed an online course by internationally renowned watercolour artist Janine Gallizia.

Since 2015: started teaching drawing and painting workshops to kids at primary schools and day-care centres together under the name À la Prima.

Since 2014: started exhibiting in group exhibitions.

Since 2013: various workshops and courses in watercolour, among others two workshops by Gerard Hendriks.

2008-2014: studied Drawing at an art academy in Belgium.

Before I start I often have an idea and picture in my head, which I focus on. For instance, in my bird paintings my main aim was to suggest movement. I associate birds in the sky with freedom, which is what I wanted to convey in my watercolours.

Colour only matters to me if it has a clear function, for instance if it is a specific characteristic of a certain type of animal breed.
I try to find and visit places that have the animals to take photos and make small sketches which I later on use for my paintings. My works are realistic, but painted loosely and spontaneously. I strive for a misty atmosphere with a few sharper details. The final step in my watercolours is to add playful lines which is done by letting a special brush ‘dance’ across the painting.



I love painting on Ampersand claybord, which is hardboard with an ultra-smooth kaolin clay ground. On this surface I can play with the water and pigments and just have fun. It requires layer, upon layer, upon layer to build up the intensity of colours. It’s unpredictable and the results are always a surprise and unique, but that’s exactly why I love watercolour so much.”