Mirelle Vegers is a creative spirit. As a young girl she was already drawing and painting.
A natural talent and self-taught. From childhood on crazy about horses. She could express her love for horses by drawing and painting them. She graduated as a graphic designer in 1996 at the Grafisch Lyceum in Eindhoven. After having worked in the graphic industry for 8 years, she continued as an independent graphic freelancer in 2003. It also allowed her to work her art part-time again. Creating 'her' horses. With the arrival of her son in 2011, she radically changed her core business. She followed her dream and is now a full-time professional artist. She specializes in painting horses. In Deest (Gelderland) her new studio is currently being realized. At this moment her works can be seen in England, among others.
I am a professional equine artist living in Wijchen in the Netherlands.
Starting from my earliest memories, I have had a deep passion for horses and I began a love affair with drawing and painting them from the age of 6.
My style deliberately combines the old and the new: I have always found inspiration in masters such as Joaquin Sorolla, John Singer Sargent en Rembrandt and to echo the heritage of my homeland and its artistry, I incorporate painting techniques into my work that originate with the 17th-century Dutch old masters.
Yet, I say I also find great inspiration in a wide range of arts, music, and spirituality. I have often worked with a specialist fine-art equine photographer when meeting with private clients’ and their horses for specially commissioned one-off works. The personal connection of meeting the subjects of my paintings is something I insist is essential. I have to spend time with them and touch the horses - make that personal connection with them - it is my job to make their unique character and spirit come alive from the canvas.
In my non-commissioned work, I combine all of my experiences and a life-long love of my subjects to express themes from all characters I have met: grace; power; temperament; loyalty; energy; spirit.
I want the viewer to be able to look at their form or simply to look into their eyes and become lost in imagining their unique story.
Living in a country of horse fanatics, it was a special honor when I was commissioned by the Dutch Honorary Cavalry Escort to paint a portrait of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands with one of his favorite horses Oscar, a work presented by the Cavalry to his majesty in the presence of the artist in 2015.
I live and work in Deest, the Netherlands, with my partner and our son.
Current representation by:
- ICAS Vilas Art Gallery, Letchworth, United Kingdom | Contact: Sunil Vilas
- The Wolf Fine Art Gallery, Los Angeles, United States | Contact: Charles Wolf