Saskia van Drunen: long journey back to art.
Together with my husband, I have a beautiful son and daughter and three cats to share our home with in a little village in the Netherlands.
I have always been a creative child expressing myself through drawing, colouring, and creating things. I also loved to dance and sing. While growing up in the countryside, I loved being surrounded with a lot of animals. At the age of eighteen my parents gifted me with a beautiful painting set up. The best gift ever!
When I finished secondary school, I wanted to go to Art School, and become an artist, but the insecurity that I did not have enough talent, got the better of me.
So, I decided to study hotel management and I worked for many years with my parents and sister in my family´s hotel and restaurant.
Then, I started to feel stuck, and decided to study Dutch Law at University. After five years this lead to me working at a law firm specializing in divorce law.
While working as a lawyer, I had become a mother of a beautiful sensitive boy. He was four months old when I decided, supported by my lovely husband, to be a stay-at-home-mom.
Two years later my lovely daughter was born, bursting with energy.
After I had given birth to my daughter, following a very challenging pregnancy and now with two small kids to take care of, I struggled to find my balance.
Saskia returns to creative practice.
Dealing with all the feelings and emotions that surfaced was quite daunting for me. I felt the need to express them in a creative way.
I had not picked up a brush for about eight or nine years, but I gathered my brushes, bought some new paint and canvases and boy, did it feel liberating! And, I felt that creative spark again! It helped me heal, and connect on a deep level with myself.
Before, I had painted all kind of things, such as flowers and cats, and I also created and sold abstract art that I had displayed in the family restaurant. But now I wanted to improve my drawing and portrait painting skills. So I took some online classes and learned a lot of new techniques along the way. I love drawing and painting portraits. It’s a beautiful journey of the inner self and the outer world.
Portraying emotions and continuous experimentation.
My favorite subject is women, their strength, vulnerability, pain, sensitivity, caring, struggles, longing, sadness, spirituality, happiness, their inner beauty!
Besides my love for portraits I am also passionate about abstract art. It’s the playfulness and energy I can put into an abstract piece and staying loose that attracts me to that style. I love exploring new techniques and styles, a great way I think to improve yourself and find your own voice.
Passing along her love of painting through teaching.
I now work from my home studio and teach online in a collaborative course. Being able to create from my home studio, gives me the freedom I need and it allows me to be there for my children when they get home from school. I am also working on classes that I will feature on my own website in the future.
Saskia’s art work is available for sale.
To view other artists who have been featured on my website in the last 2.5 years, please visit the Guest Artist page.
I am grateful for all the talented, productive artists and creatives from all over the world (photographer, author...) who have appeared on Louise's ARTiculations.
If you are a creative and would like to be featured in this space, please contact me. This feature will continue in 2021. I do not charge a fee to showcase your creative work!
Many featured guests remain in my circle of friends on social media sites, and some, I have even met in person.