Artist Heleen Cornet has been living on several islands of the Dutch Caribbean for forty years. During those years she has made thousands of paintings, around four hundred of which are shown on a hundred pages of her new book titled “Artist on Saba – 40 years, 400 paintings”. The book will be officially launched during a booksigning event at Five Square Art Gallery in Windwardside on Friday, November 16, 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Cornet could be found regularly on the top of Mt. Scenery where she made drawings of Saba’s dramatic rain forest. She camped on the volcanic mountain for more than four weeks in total. These drawings have resulted in big oil and watercolour on canvas paintings. Lately she has made a series of gold-leaf paintings that are on display in the book.
Her outdoor paintings show the great diversity 4 her work and the captivating beauty a Saba. Her book shows the nature of the Caribbean islands where she has been living and the joy of life that is part of the essence of her work.
Comet was born in the Netherlands, where she obtained a degree in Education and a Master’s in Fine Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Amersfoort. After having lived in Norway for a couple of years she moved to Bonaire in 1975. There she taught fine arts at the local high school for five years. After living for one year in Curacao and St. Maarten, she moved in 1986 to Saba, where she has been working as an art teacher at Saba Comprehensive School. Together with her husband, marine biologist Tom van’t Hof and family she has made Saba her residence ever since. Cornet published several book together with her husband for the marine parks a Bonaire, Curacao and Saba for which she made the illustrations. The books Saban Cottages and Echoes of the Past are illustrated with watercolours depicting the picturesque historical houses in Saba and St. Eustatius.
Cornet was asked for prestigious exhibitions in which she participated with rainforest installations, such as at the Fundatie in Zwolle, the Netherlands, the First, Second and Third Biennial in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and the 23rd Biennial International in San Paulo, Brazil.
A preview of Artist on Saba is available at HERE. Copies of the book are on sale at Blurb and at Amazon.com.
The Daily Herald.