Strength and fragility

I paint and draw my immediate surroundings in the rural area just north of Amsterdam.  Aiming to show a timeless beauty, without reverting to nostalgia.
 Every time I’m out there with my easel, I ask myself what fascinates me about what I see and how do I capture the beauty of this view in my painting? I am always looking for the essence of what I want to express. The area I live in has a rich and long agricultural history. I paint people, landscapes, animals, trying to show them the way they are now, framing them in their rapidly changing surroundings.

At the moment, the focus of my work lies with painting the different aspects of dairy farming. How does it influence the animals, the people and the landscape? This is the MILK project, culminating in an exhibition in the Waterland Museum in the autumn of 2021.  

Apart from the cattle and other big farm animals, I paint plein air landscapes, and portraits from life.




Panting of a newborn calf by Philine van der Vegte
Newborn calf, oil on paper 50x65cm

I studied at Wackers Academy of figurative art in Amsterdam, and graduated with honours in June 2019. I have participated in and won awards at several international plein air painting festivals such as Noordwijk and Pintar Rapido. With a small charcoal drawing of trees reflected in a ditch, I won a place at the Dutch national Summer Exhibition at Museum De Fundatie. One of my portraits was selected for the "Lang leve Rembrandt" exhibition at the Rijksmuseum. End of 2021 I will be exhibiting solo at the Waterland Museum in Monnickendam with the MILK project I am now working on.



Current and upcoming exhibitions

May 7 - June 27 "Focus", galerie De Beuken, Laren. Duo with Alexandra Konstantinovna. I will be there all day on Saturday, May 8th.
May 29 - June 27 "De vrouwelijke blik", Galerie Mokum, Amsterdam
June 15 - October 5 L_A_B nr.1, De Boterhal, Hoorn
June 26 - August 1 "Zomerzotheid", De Boterhal, Hoorn
July 2 - August 1 "Nieuwste leden", Arti & Amicitiae, Amsterdam
July 5 - 11 Schilderfestival Noordwijk
July 24 - August 15 Waterlandse Kunstkring in cooperation with  Dichterskring Waterland, Grote Kerk Oosthuizen
August 22 - December "Milk", solo exhibition Waterlands Museum De Speeltoren, Monnickendam
September 5 - October 17 Österreichisches Papiermachermuseum, Steyrermühl (Austria)
October 23 - 31 Artists aan Zee V tijdens Kunst10daagse Bergen, Hotel Meyer, Bergen aan Zee