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Inez Kuijt Naive Art – Sunday Artist Interview

Inez Kuijt Naive Art

Continuing on with the Sunday Artist Interviews – many are lined up, so keep checking back, I think we need a few more distractions from the rather scary times we’re all living in right now! I’ve actually been doing these interviews a year now! Here’s Inez to tell you a bit about herself and her art….

First of all, who are you?

Hello, thank you so much for asking me.  My name is Inez, I live in the Netherlands. I am married and we have a son of 17 years old, a big brown/greyish (sorry Doedel) Labrador and a guinea pig. Before I started to paint, I was an oncology nurse. I started to paint when I was 32. Painting in the beginning was a disaster, because I tried to paint in a realistic style. When I gave up that idea, the fun started. And my style seemed to be the Naive style. I just painted for fun, but I had some Christmas cards made for UNICEF.  I wrote and illustrated a children’s book in the past, just once.  After that I have never tried to do something similar. But I will reopen my Etsy shop, to sell art prints of my paintings. I am really looking forward to that.

When you were asked (all those years ago!), “what do you want to be when you grow up?”  What did you answer?

My mum said I always wanted to be a vet. My bedroom was full of little self build beds, with “seriously” injured stuffed animals, I never played with dolls. They all had a lot of bandages around their heads, paws etc. They had to stay in the “hospital”, till they were cured…by me. But at a young age I was already allergic to cats, so being a vet wasn’t possible. Then I wanted to be a nurse. Never thought of being a painter, although I loved drawing animals and my mum suggested art school.

What is the funniest thing as an artist that has ever happened to you?

I don’t remember a really funny thing related to painting, except as all painters will recognise, that paint is always everywhere, where it shouldn’t be. And of course, almost drinking my paint water and dipping the brush into the tea etc. I remember one stupid thing though. 

I almost clicked away the e-mail reaction of the publisher to my children’ s book submission. I thought: Oh, an advertisement again and just wanted to delete it. Then I read it again and it was like a cartoon reaction: My eyes became big and I had to read it again and again, couldn’t believe it. I almost forgot I had sent it, because I was sure the publisher wouldn’t react.

What is the hardest part of being creative?

The hardest part of being creative for me is to get started. It is like with your homework at school, there are always other things to do first. Although that was boring mostly and this is fun most of the time. But I still have to push myself to get started. And when a lot of stressful things are happening in life, I simply cannot paint. I have to feel relaxed to paint. Although painting sometimes can help to get relaxed, I like it more when there are no stressful things.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?

I don’t know if I can give advice to starters. I often feel I can learn from them, the younger ones seem so much better at promoting their art. In general, they are not camera shy, they also have less wrinkles. I am not from the selfie generation; I am from the generation “run and hide” when seeing a camera. The only thing I can say to them is to enjoy what you are doing and try not to be perfect. Try to find your own style and also show interest in others and just have fun!

What subjects inspire you?

All subjects inspire me. Nature, old buildings, animals, interiors etc. Nothing in special because I like diversity, otherwise I get bored with my paintings. I see in every little scenery a painting, when I am outside.

Who are the 3 greatest living artists in your opinion? (they don’t have to be famous!)

3 greatest artists in my opinion are Michel Delacroix, Fabienne Delacroix and Monique Valdeneige. If I were rich, I would have paintings from them hanging in my house.

Who are the 3 greatest dead artists in your opinion?

The 3 greatest dead artists in my opinion are Grandma Moses, George Hendrik Breitner and Alfred Sisley.

What is your favourite work of art you have ever produced?

I never look at my own work as I look at other paintings. I will never hang a painting I have made in the living room.  There is one in the bathroom, because we had an empty spot there. I just cannot enjoy it, like I enjoy paintings of others, because I know it so well.  My own paintings are a bit boring to me ?. But if I have to choose my favourite painting, then maybe “Snowy sunset”, because I like snow and I like sunsets.  

What was the last piece of art you sold?

The last thing I sold were my Christmas cards in 2018 on Etsy. I lost money on it, so not much of a businesswoman. But I loved to send it and loved the people for buying it.  I struggle a bit with selling. Especially to people I know through Instagram. It feels like selling things to friends and that doesn’t feel good for me. So I hope my Etsy shop will be a success in the future, by not selling it to IG friends. I know that sounds weird, but sometimes I am.

And finally,… Because this is important….

What’s the best type of cheese?  (ha-ha)

To be honest I don’t like cheese very much, so I’m not a typical “Dutchie”. I could easily do without cheese. But the outside of Brie I really love! Yummy! ?

2 thoughts on “Inez Kuijt Naive Art – Sunday Artist Interview

  1. Wonderful interview!
    Glad that Inez and I are Instagram friends. Her artwork is painted not only with paint, there’s much love in every picture too. Especially in these times we need such places like those in her pictures where the world is a better one. All the pictures tell a lovely story.
    @Inez : you’re too friendly and humble, you can of course sell your artwork also to Instagram friends. I know what you mean… but actually vice versa you would want to pay for the bread in the bakery even if the owner was a friend of your family…
    good luck with the Etsy shop

    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment Sabine?. That is a good point about the bakery. Thanks so much for responding to my interview, very much appreciated!

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