Saskia Huitema, a self taught artist, works from her home in Utrecht, central in the Netherlands where she lives with her husband, daughter and cat.
Saskia grew up in a small city in Friesland, the Northern part of the Netherlands. She spent most of her time (re)reading all the books in the children's section of the library before moving on to adult books. It was all about getting lost in other worlds.
Saskia became a pharmacist, but once settled, something was missing. She became very interested in art en developed a keen visual sense. When she finally picked up brushes in 2009 she found herself again with a never-ending passion like she had discovered as a child in reading.
Saskia works mostly with acrylics on canvas or panels.
Saskia started out with realistic still lifes and florals to teach herself how to observe and translate to canvas. Currently Saskia's favorite subject is her daughter who models for her and undergoes multiple transformations according to the theme of the piece. Saskia's attraction to the low brow art movement and popculture shows in her art. Her realistic pieces- often with a touch of fantasy- evoke a mood of mystery and subtle emotions.
Her distinctive portraits call for attention as the gaze is automatically drawn towards the portrayed and lingers there as colorful details of dress and fabrics are taken in. Fashion photography and nature are a source of inspiration.
Saskia exhibits in galleries internationally, museums and Art Fairs. She has won first prizes and her works have been nominated by jury in the national Dutch competition "Painting of the Year" in 2015 and 2016 and by the jury of ZomerExpo in 2017. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Dutch Portrait Prize.
"In my art I aim to portray beauty and emotions, weave tales and connect with nature. I find my inspiration in flora and fauna, girls becoming women, Art Nouveau, the Pre Raphaelites and the 'Roaring Twenties'. I seek to evoke the sense of mystery, wonder and enchantment which can be found all around us if you just look hard enough."