This friendly face belongs to one of our newest artists, the beautiful Carmel Van Der Hoeven. A full-time mumma of two, Carmel also runs a small lifestyle block in the Waikato with her partner, leaving stolen moments in the evenings (or when her youngest is napping) for Carmel to paint and draw. Along with commissioned works and personal art projects, Carmel also produces a collection of affordable art prints under the brand George Sand Studio.
What are you working at the moment Carmel?
As of this moment I am working on some commissioned illustrations for individual customers. Plus, prints of ladies I think are cool (Frida Kahlo and Nina Simone with more to come) and a series of contemporary plant art prints.
When i get tired of doing illustrations I return to my personal project – 100 original nudes, which are mostly large ink illustrations/paintings. This project is good for my soul.
And then I am going to pottery night classes, whew! I don’t really have one set style, I like to learn and expand myself and if i can make something for peoples homes, something they can love, enjoy and afford then I’m happy.
Carmel loves to paint portraits of women she admires – her Frida Kahlo and Nina Simone art prints are both available at endemicworld
Two of the sublime works from Carmel’s ongoing personal project, 100 Nudes
Fave music to create by?
Ah music… I like the Hozier station on Pandora at the moment, I get a great mix of indie, folk, blues and soul.
Tell us about a few creatives/designer you are personally inspired by?
In Fine Art, I like a mix of artists like Matisse, Penck, Hockney and Elizabeth Peyton and in regards to pottery, I think the work Wundaire and Houston design Co do with pottery is out of this world cool!
Carmel’s dedicated creative space in her Waikato farmhouse
What are some of the fave things you have on your own walls at home?
My mother gave me the old NZ bird print that we had on our walls growing up, funny I see they have started reprinting this particular piece of art but I have one of the vintage ones. I think its pretty special.
I used to do a lot of painting before George Sand (Carmel’s art prints brand) and I have this glittery primitive canvas that I love.
One of Carmel’s favourite possessions – a vintage NZ bird print that was in her childhood home
One of Carmel’s own favourite earlier paintings
Beside art/illustration, what else do you love to do?
Besides art I love to cook, haha – cliche I know. I’ve found I can’t do both art and elaborate cooking on the same day, it’s like I only have enough creative energy for one of them… so some days the kids are getting spaghetti toasties, and other days I’m cooking up venison with a red wine jus or Chinese crispy duck plum sauce and homemade wontons.
We love a good recommendation – tell us about a good movie to see, or a book we should read, a website to check out, a place to visit, etc…
I have an old all time favourite movie Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom. If you haven’t seen it it’s a must! The Australian accents, the glitter and ‘Fran’… it’s perfect!
I don’t really read books (no time), but I do thoroughly enjoy the articles in Smith Journal though I’m one of those information sponges where I can spit out intense facts in a conversation but never remember where i got them from!