My name is Petra Verlooy,
Raised in the wet lowlands of Holland in the middle of the fields full of cattle my love for animals was founded.
After high school I went to the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague were I became an art teacher.
Since 1990 I became a painter of animals and wildlife. Since then I regularly show my painting in galleries all over the country .
The combination of realism and abstraction is every time a big challenge to me.
By painting layer over layer I see the painting growing under my hands, with the animals in it as a logic part of it.
You can see the animals with their emotions.
We can see, anger, tenderness, sadness, love, joy, fear, curiosity and playfulness , all these emotions are so well known to us humans.
From the cheetah there were one hundred years ago 120 .000 specimens, while nowadays there are still 12.000 left.
The lion ‘king of the animals’ has with 39.000 specimens reached the status of vulnerable.
The rhino is merciless killed for his horn used in Chinese medicine industry.
That’s another reason why I paint the animals with great passion.
I work with acrylic paint on canvas 3D