Ingrid Boesten's "Rainbow Series" (above), among many other paintings will be on display at heARTschool
About Ingrid Boesten
"Growing up in The Netherlands gave me a lot of exposure to art. In my younger years we lived on a boat, but even then, it was important for my parents to enjoy original art on their walls. At one point I counted over 100 original paintings in my dad’s house.
I always remember my dad loving art but I only remember him doing a few charcoal pieces himself. Even then, he was very gifted but didn’t have time to create his own art. Now he is a very well known artist in The Netherlands.
My love for creating art started a bit out of frustration actually. I used to do renovations for clients and decorate their rooms. I found it difficult to find the right size, color and style. At one point, one of my clients told me what kind of a piece they were looking for and I thought “I can do this myself!” So one of my first pieces was a 4’ x 8’ piece on plywood. I loved it, and surprisingly they liked it as well. I experimented quite a bit with shapes and colors but I kept coming back to stripes and patterns. Stripes have been my “thing”. When I look at a landscape, an ocean or a sunset I see stripes.
Originally, I felt more like a decorator than an artist, and I didn’t feel like I deserved to be called an artist but I have grown comfortable with being in that category. I am an extremely creative person and my love to create never stops.
I lived with my family in the US and when we moved to Kelowna, I didn’t really have the space or know where to start with my art. In 2010 I was diagnosed with colon cancer and after chemo & surgeries I felt like my life was on hold, just trying to enjoy every day that I had been given.
And then a few months ago, a distant friend from Vancouver decided to send me 2 huge canvases and a ton of art supplies; forcing me to give myself another chance.
Being sick has been hard on my body, but I have felt super alive and inspired when I am painting. So that is what I have been doing. Thanks to the heART school that has been supporting me in this process I will now have an art show coming up in January! Exciting. Hope you enjoy it!"
For more information, follow Ingrid's Blog Link here