Inside the Studio: Barbara Houwers (Netherlands)


Barbara HouwersBarbara Houwers. 

What are the major themes you pursue in your work?
In my sculptures and paintings, the human being is the “Leitmotiv.” In almost every work of art, I almost intuitively sketch a human figure as a basis that I then position in relationship with the environment. In my latest series of work, I want to design the human being in relationship with nature and environment. Nature is vital for us humans. We experience the world around us through our senses and we are virtually air and water. I find this fascinating: it makes the human vulnerable. Actually vulnerability is also an important theme to me.

Barbara Houwers Sculpting

Barbara sculpting.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
During a period where I did not have time for my artistic skills, due to my career as a teacher in addition to a busy family life, the best advice was from a colleague: “Just move on.” Now that I can dedicate myself full-time to the creation process, I am still very happy every day that I followed this advice.

Working picture-table 1-Barbara Houwers

Work in progress. 

Prefer to work with music or in silence?
In my studio, music – just like a good cup of coffee – is the starter of my working day. But then I often forget everything around me, and I realize that I worked in silence for hours. Anyway: peace, time and not being disturbed are the most important features.

Studio installation -Barbara Houwers vierkant

Inside Barbara’s studio. 

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
A Barbara Hepworth sculpture.

Barbara Houwers Painting

Barbara painting in her studio. 

Who are your favorite writers?
Khaled Hosseini, Geert Mak, Stephen Covey, and recently Sarah McCoy.


 “Couleurs du sud.”  Exhibition July 1st – September 30th 2014  in Proeflokaal Sauter Bussum The Netherlands. Meet & Greet with the artist Saturday August 30th. 

l'amitie 2

“L’Amitie 2”

a talk

“A Talk” 

white garden

“White Garden”

la vie en rose

“La Vie en Rose”

the walk

“The Walk”


  1. Claudie Douwes Dekker says:


  2. Haley Bombard says:

    When were you born??

  3. Marti Lyttle says:

    LOVE your paintings!

  4. Remarkably beautiful work!

  5. We like your paintings!

    • Barbara says:

      A Little late…. but thank you so much for your nice reply.
      Do you work as a gallery with artists like me?
      I would love to go to your country with my work.
      My best, Barbara

  6. Like the visual narrative of humans in natural environment. Enjoy your art !

  7. haosum says:

    السلام عليكم لوحاتك جدا جميله ممكن اطلب منك طلب اريد ان احمل لوحاتي لم استطع كيف احملها كي ابيعها وشكرا لك

  8. Nancy Benton says:

    I loved that piece of advice because it spoke to me since I am a teacher and am busy raising a family. It was perfect because sometimes I get stuck on the fact that I have no time. Thank you.


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