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Tessel Verheij was born in Zandvoort, The Netherlands in September 1973. She lived, studied and worked in Holland for 31 years before moving to England in 2003. Tess has been fascinated with art since a young age; including the history of art. She has been especially influenced

by Surrealism and the Arts and Crafts movement (art nouveau, Jugendstil) and artists such as Gustav Klimt and Mucha. She later decided to follow her life’s interest to pursue a career where she would become an artist in her own right and also pass on her skills to others by becoming an art teacher.

To that end, Tess attended the Vrije School (principle Rudolf Steiner), Dieverder Dingspil College as Secondary School and then the Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden where she studied full time as a teacher of secondary education and gained a Foundation Art Diploma for Secondary Education in Drawing in July 1992. She then continued her teacher training for a further 3 years and gained her degree in August 1995. Tess went on to teach art to students of various ages in Holland, teaching in primary and secondary schools as well as giving private tuition to students studying for exams.

Whilst teaching in Holland Tess also created her own work, exhibited with a group of like-minded artists in Zandvoort aan Zee, on a regular basis and privately sold her work. Tess mainly paints figurative compositions in oils and acrylics on canvas, pastels on paper, inks on paper, mosaics and                                       experiments with Tie dye on canvas. She creates her own mystical, spiritual pieces, based on her own dreams and experiences, and is also an     accomplished portraiture artist of both people and animals. She also creates and paints designs for murals, signs and furniture pieces for both in and outdoors.

 Tessel spent four years at Merton Abbey Mills where she exhibited her own work and where she ran her own art school for adults and children. Also catering Art paint parties, which were an enormous success. She was commissioned to design and paint the front archway and mural at Merton Abbey Mills in addition to William Morris the founder of the Arts and Crafts movement. After 4 years she left Art Craft Café behind to start a new life. In September 2008 she started traveling with her two daughters, visiting Europe and Egypt to explore other inspiring artists and art movements and to spend all time with her two girls.

After completing her travels Tess moved to the tiny island Sint Maarten, the Caribbean. Here she then went on to teach art at local schools, once again she was on a mission to share her vision on art with the public. After three years of teaching at local schools she decided to open her own art gallery once again; not only sharing her artwork with locals and tourists but also going on to teaching art classes daily. Sharing her knowledge to groups differing from young to old. Up to this day the gallery is still open and situated in the picturesque Old Street in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten.



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