Background of my career as an artist

      I was born in Holland and studied art at the Kunst Academy in Haarlem, the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland and the University of Florence, Italy.
     I then returned to Holland where I worked as an actress on the Amsterdam stage.  I later moved to Bermuda and resumed my career as an artist working in a broad spectrum of media, including pen and ink, oil, acrylic and watercolour.
       Over the years, I have painted Murals, Trompe l'Oeil and Decorative Art in England, France, Canada, the US and at home in Bermuda.
        I'd love to create something amazing for your home, hotel, restaurant or office   - so please contact me to discuss what you have in mind.
      You may click on the links to the right to view my work - listed by category.

"Have brush  - will travel"      Please ring me to discuss:  + 1 441 293 0510   or  + 1  441 292 2670

Joy Blaakburne seated in front of one of her Acrylics on Canvas

Paintings for Sale

Yacht - Acrylic on Canvas for Newstead Mural

Two Yachts Close-hauled  - Acrylic on Canvas

Gold Roofs - Acrylic on Canvas

Polar Bears -  Acrylic on Canvas

Fishing Boats Raft-up - Acrylic on Wood Panel

Self-Portrait -  Oil on Wood Panel - Painted with Kitchen Knife - NOT FOR SALE

Sunglasses -  Oil on Canvas

Three Boats on Calm Water -  Acrylic on Canvas

Three Boats Moored  -  Acrylic on Canvas

Three Palms  - Acrylic on Wood Panel

Coy under Waterfall - Agars' Island, Bermuda - Acrylic on Canvas

Datura Tree - Italian Lakes  -  Acrylic on Canvas

Datura Tree in Tuscany  -  Acrylic on Canvas

Deck Chairs  -  Oil on Canvas

Man with Orange Beach Towel  -  Oil on Canvas

Man Swinging Beach Towel - Oil on Canvas

Dead Calm -  Acrylic on Canvas

Fantasy Island -  Acrylic on Canvas

"Over the Sticks" - Oil on Wood Panel - Painted with kitchen knife

Murals in Sam's Knob Restaurant, Aspen, Colorado

 I executed these Murals in this famous Mountain Restaurant during the Summer. 
  I was staying alone for nearly a month - at an altitude of over 10,000 feet.  
The magic of the stars in the night sky was amazing.
I would have food delivered by the ski-lift every four or five days.

Private Dining Room Mural - Sam's Knob Restaurant

Mural in Private Dining Room - Sam's Knob Restaurant

Pablo Picasso Reproductions

I was commissioned to re-create Picasso's paintings by two different clients

Murals - Children's Rooms

Nursery Rhyme Theme in Alexander's Room

Dragon in Beverley's Room

Dragon over Fireplace in Beverley's Playroom

Watercolour Portraits of Chateaux in Bordeuax

                                   The below Five-View Watercolour Portraits
        represent examples of dozens of the Great Bordeaux Chateaux painted in this genre

Chateua d'Angludet, Margaux

Chateau d'Arsac, Médoc

Chateau Latour, Pauillac

Chateau Margaux, Margaux

Chateau Paveil de Luze, Margaux

Chateau Rausan-Ségla, Margaux

Chateau Palmer, Margaux

Chateau Siran, Margaux 

Chateau de Fumadelle, Médoc

Chateau Dauzac, Margaaux

Chateau Branaire-Ducru, Saint Julien

Chateau Cantemerle, Macau

And the below portrait is of a Chateau in the Armagnac country of the Gers, France

Chateau de Lacaze, Armagnac

Watercolour Portraits of Bermuda Houses


"Longford" - Home of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Douglas

By The Sea

Warwick Academy

Trompe l'Oeil at Nine Beaches Hotel

The Trompe l'Oeil vignettes below were executd in the Main Restaurant
    of The Nine Beaches Hotel, Bermuda