Jantien de Boer (1984) followed the Klassieke Akademie for
painting in Groningen. Before that she
graduated from the Groningen University in History of Art. Jantien Works with oils on linnen. She has
had a large number of exhibitions in The Netherlands and Belgium and will most
likely become an international artist.
canvasses are easy to spoil, but I try not to get dicouraged by fear.
Everything I want to achieve is possible! from my errors I do learn. Yet
doubt, and at times even despair, is
looming together with disappointment, anger and tears. I want to get the utmost
out of myself! It is only after I completed a painting that I feel
satisfaction. But then again, after a few days my self-criticism re-appears.
The next painting must be better – more illusion, less details. In my work the ever present tension is
between the figurative representation what I paint, a nude, a portrait and the
abstraction of the material, lumps of
colour. The balance between the materials I use and the way I want to paint a
scene is what makes me fight for. The little voice I hear in my head that asks
the question as to who would like to
hang my painting above their sofa I stifle, I push away . I do not paint for
appreciation and compliment – however dear they are to me. I want to challenge
myself – not do any concessions. The urge to paint must come from within – from