Tineke Stoffels (Den Helder, 1957) has, for as long as she can remember, the urge to create with paint, brushes, paper and textiles, in the garden with plants, behind the stove with all kinds of ingredients, indoors with paint, wood, clothing fabrics and wallpaper. She tries everything until she is satisfied with the result.
Her interest in art was born when she visited the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam with her aunt at the age of 12. She still feels how she was impressed by the works of the Dutch Old Masters; the use of light and shade, the colors, the clothing, the subjects, the techniques.
In her studio she can fully concentrate on making new work with her camera on a tripod. Creating a new still life takes a lot of time. She loves natural materials, simplicity, symmetry, strong lines, sober colors and special details and uses it as much as possible in her work. Where possible during the assembly of the still life and otherwise in the follow-up process. The digital “dark room” is the final stage. Photoshop gives her the final tools to turn photo into a picturesque image. A process that lasts several days. Despite the fact that she is following a specific procedure, she leaves room for surprise that occurs during the process. Often people wonder if the work has been photographed or painted. It’s both for her.
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