Gert- Jan Veenstra was born on April 11, 1957 in Workum, the Netherlands. This picturesque harbor town is situated on the shores of the former Zuiderzee. The family soon moved to Witmarsum, a pleasant country village.
From an early age, Veenstra created charcoal and pencil sketches of the Dutch countryside, revealing a distinctiveness of style and unmistakable natural talent. As the years passed and Veenstra mastered the finesse of drawing, he was struck by the inevitable urge to capture the beauty surrounding him in color. This radical change of technique and quest for the right incidence of light and nuance of color demanded extensive practice and study. Countless visits to museums and advice from fellow artists enabled Veenstra to mature as an artist. He developed an exuberant style reminiscent of the nostalgic works of renowned masters of past centuries.
Autumn-clad trees silhouetted against clouds, serene light on a spring morning, and jagged white cracks in a black layer of frozen ice are examples of images that have been immortalized by Veenstra’s skillful hand. Veenstra paints from life—his affinity for the countryside is clear and his renderings, realistic. When confronted with the details of color and shadow in an icy harbor that Veenstra has crafted, it is impossible not to feel a chill oneself.