Saskia Huitema, a self taught artist, works from her home in Utrecht, central in the Netherlands where she lives with her husband 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 and 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 in varying sizes.
Saskia started out with realistic still lifes and florals to teach herself how to observe and translate to canvas. Saskia’s main focus is on portraits. Her models pose and dress according to the theme of the piece.
Her attraction to the low brow art movement and pop culture shows in her art. Her realistic pieces - often with a touch of fantasy - evoke a mood of mystery and subtle emotions.
The distinctive portraits call for attention as the gaze is automatically drawn towards the portrayed and lingers as colourful details of dress and fabrics are taken in. Fashion photography and nature are sources of inspiration. Saskia’s work is recognisable by use of color, crisp details, and narrative content.
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