Harris Art Gallery | 13 Northton, HS3 3JA, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Western Isles, Scotland | 0044 (0)1859 520315
Portrait Painter Suzan Visser-Offereins
Suzan Visser-Offereins is painting portraits for over 30 years. She started painting portraits in Pastels of elderly people in a home and she says: “It was amazing how people opened up and told the story of who they were. Their faces lightened up when telling about their work and lives, their family, what they have loved so much. To me it is always a challenge and an honor to try to capture the being of that person”. She painted many children’s portraits, portraits of Directors, people with handicaps, Ballet dancers, Actors, but also she was honored with Royal Commissions, like the Prince and Crown Prince of Kuwait, The Dutch Royal Family and further Ambassador’s portraits from all over the world.
In 1998 her Majesty Queen Beatrix invited her to her Palace Huis ten Bosch –The Haque and sat for her.
She was commissioned by various City’s like Middelharnis, Goedereede, Katwijk, Rijnsburg, Korendijk, Ede, Waddinxveen, Tiel, The”House of Lords” and other government bodies. She also painted Queen Juliana and Queen Wilhelmina and 40 more Royal Dutch Portraits and a Brochure “Beatrix, Queen” was printed.
In 2005 she was commissioned to paint large portraits of the 3 Queens and the Crown Prince William-Alexander for the Municipality of Ede. She was invited by the King in his Villa Eikenhorst at Wassenaar where he sat for her. Both Royal invitations left a deep impression.
Suzan was invited to exhibit her work in several museums, Palace’s and Art Galleries and her work found it’s way all over the world.
Suzan and her family decided to work and live on The Isle of Harris –Scotland where she still paints portraits in oil on linen. As Harris is so beautiful she tries to capture the atmosphere of the landscapes and beauty of wildlife a new challenge.
She often visits the NL as she has painted new portraits of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima. At the moment she is exhibiting and selling her new Silk Screens Portraits in the Haque, opposite Palais Noordeinde.
Giclée prints are available at www.suzan-offereins.nl