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ABOUT ME

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Art has been a part of my life from a very young age. When I turned 9 years old my parents gave me my first easel and a beautiful wooden art case with all the supplies. As a child I started out with water colors and acrylics. But I fell in love with oil paint during a course I took in Rome, where we lived for 3 years. I use subdued tones and values and get my inspiration from nature, art galleries and antique markets. One of my favorite painters of all times is the Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi. I fell in love with his serene style of painting and his use of color and light after I saw an exhibition of his work at the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, where we lived at the time. His work has been and still is a great inspiration to me. Being Dutch myself, I have also developed a soft spot for Dutch landscape painting and for the way Old Dutch Masters, like Rembrandt, Fabritius, and Vermeer, use strong contrasts in light and shade (chiaroscuro) in their art work.   

If you are interested in one of my paintings please feel free to contact me at leontien@leontienvanoord.com.

warmly,

Leontien

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