About Anneke Tigchelaar

    Naples-based artist Anneke Tigchelaar was born and raised in The Hague, Netherlands. She spent much of her childhood exploring nature, admiring wildlife, and learning from her artist father, who introduced her to painting and photography when she was only 10. Anneke attended art college in The Hague for three years and then moved to Amsterdam, enjoying a successful career in advertising for more than a decade. A transfer opportunity brought her to Chicago and the United States, where she continued her work in advertising and also resumed painting. Today, Anneke devotes her time to art and photography, enthusiastically capturing landscapes, nature and everyday scenes through her brushwork or camera lens.

    Although she has worked extensively with oils and acrylics, Anneke’s chosen medium is watercolor. “Painting in watercolor thrills me because of its vibrant and intense colors and its magnificent versatility.  I paint on watercolor paper, of course, but also on watercolor canvas, Yupo® [an environmentally friendly synthetic paper] and Claybord, since these are wonderful materials to use for this medium.”  “I’m always interested in expanding my painting abilities, and I have attended several workshops and classes. Lately, I have been gradually transitioning from traditional to more abstract paintings on a variety of subjects.  I love painting nature and animals. And I recently created a butterfly garden, also a passion of mine, and now many of these joyful, colorful creatures are the subjects of my paintings.”

    Anneke regularly exhibits works at area art shows (the Naples Art Association’s Art in the Park and Naples Artcrafters shows) and at the Center for the Arts in Bonita Springs. Her works have also been included in the art gallery at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and are held in private collections throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her photography has been published in a variety of award-winning newcomer/visitor magazines created forregional chambers of commerce and tourism/convention bureaus.