Born in USA, 1973

1997-2001 Studied at the School of Fine Arts, NY

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From teapot to Renaissance


After being told by my art teacher at highschool that the elephant l had painted looked like a "freaking teapot" I was convinced painting wasn't meant for me and consequently lost all interest and confidence.

Until I visited my homecountry in 2010 where a good friend of mine took me along to her artclass with fabulous Dutch artist Kathe Ruyssenaars. She literally opened up a whole new world to me. Instead of working with a fixed idea (like I had to do at my dreaded art classes at highschool), she taught me to focus on colours and use my imagination.

Fascinating! It totally worked for me, resulting in "Earth Mother".


It only took that one lesson to ignite an uncontrollable desire to create more.

In 2012 I placed 2nd in a local art competition with "Renaissance" which I see as the official beginning of my journey as an artist.

In 2016 my painting "The Harvest" was selected into the Miles Art Awards in Tauranga and in 2019 I received the Judge's Merit Award at the Rotorua Museum Art Awards with  "Christchurch 15-03-19".

Should you be interested in any of my work, please contact me.  





Jeanette Pleijte


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