Born in the Netherlands in the early fifties of the previous century, Thea Booijink started drawing and painting at a later age. In her yought, drawing lessons consisted of an exact copy of the drawing plates that hung in the front of the classroom. It ensured that her own expression didn’t develope. Creative thinking wasn’t supported. Working outside the given lines was taboo.
Later, the creative imagination developed more and more, which was expressed in wall tapestry designs and pottery. Yet she wanted to make a different career path.
But the creative interest remained and surfaced again in a turbulent period when she made a mixed media painting of old packaging material and oil paint. A very symbolic painting about loss. An artist friend already noticed “you have talent”. But she did nothing with it. Again her career was more important.
After a break with her career she moved to Portugal, where she and her husband build a new life as real pioneers. It still took 10 years more before she discovered that she wanted to paint.
Pandora’s box was opened. Egon Schiele, Gerhard Richter, Conrad Marca-Relli, Marlène Dumas and many others opened a world in a short time and inspired her to continue. More than 50 years after her drawing lessons at primary school, this made her realize that on the one hand she had to learn to draw again, but also had to do much more to develop her own style. It was a journey of discovery and still is. So many directions, possibilities and techniques to try.
From 2017, in the absence of professional training opportunities, internet became her teacher. She trained herself in drawing with the help of YouTube. She mainly wanted to learn to “see” and master techniques. Gradually some choices were made. Whereas in the past she was fascinated by abstract work, probably by the spirit of the 70s, nowadays mainly figurative play a role. There must be something recognizable in it, something with which she can identify herself.
In addition to the figurative content, expressionism is written in her heart. An idea must literally “come out”, reveal itself while painting. Often there is no predetermined plan. It can start with a fairly realistic portrait that is being worked on for days, and then completely painted over to a free expression in 1 hour. The realistic is transformed. She is unhindered by the thought whether this is the right way to make expressionist art. There is no methodically plan, it is her answer to the painting itself. There are no ways prescribed by teachers, there is only the expression of herself. That frees her from all conventions.
She had her first exhibition in 2020 and her paintings and drawings are already spread over the world: Dubai, Germany, France, Portugal and Holland.
Her paintings are for sale. She doesn’t do commissions. For more information you can contact her.