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Sonja Brussen

Sonja Brussen has been a real outdoor girl ever since she was young. Nature has been fascinating her in every way and form. Her paintings show her love for nature. She is in her element when working with nature.

She has been educated by very passionate teachers at the Artez school of Arts. After graduating she keeps renewing herself in her work.
Since 1998, she has been working as a professional artist, at the moment she is based in Lochem.
With an abundant impressionist touch, she makes paintings in her own way. She prefers to work outside  ‘en plein air’ .

There are a lot of people interested in her work, galeries and followers on all kind of media.

Looking at her paintings, you feel like being outside, on the actual spot where the scenery has been painted.
She takes you with her in her imagination and brings the impressive outside to the inside.  

In 2013 she won the Art in the Open contest in Ireland and in 2015 she got nominated by the Noordwijk Paintingfestival.  In 2016 Sonja won the Royal Talens Rembrandt Painting award at the same festival in Noordwijk. Since 2016 she is a member of the Dutch Society of Sea Painters.

Jury Report: ‘A real plein air painter. This artist has a fresh way of painting. Her technique is beautiful. The theme of this year ‘150 year seaside resort’ is obvious in her work.  You can feel the weather in her paintings. Her painting ‘Cumulus Clouds’ owns every reason why painters came tot he coast: Dutch skies. Do you recognize this Sonja?
This is the report from last year, we can add tot his: A productive painter in her flow. Dynamic as well in the seasied -paintings as in her landscapes. 


In 2016 won Sonja de Royal Talens Rembrandt Painting Award tijdens het Noordwijk Schilderfestival. Voor 2017 is ze uitgenodigd om deel te nemen aan het Lamu Painters festival 2017, Kenia (Afrika), 2 t/m 22 febr 2017. In 2013 won zij de online art in the Open contest wat resulteerde in deelname aan Art in the Open Ierland. (Europa`s grootste plein air festival in Ierland). ​In 2013 deed zij ook op uitnodiging mee aan het Glory international painting festival in Bergen, de schilderijen werden later geëxposeerd in Bergen en in Amsterdam bij Gallery PR2. In 2013 en 2014 nam Sonja deel aan het Noordwijk Schilderfestival en tijdens de Kunst10daagse 2013 in Bergen was ze één van de aanbevolen kunstenaars. In 2015 werd ze genomineerd tijdens het Schilderfestival Noordwijk. Haar werk was ook te zien in: - Museum Noordwijk 2015 - Museum Opsterland 2015 ​- Museum Molhmann 2016 ​- Fries Scheepvaart museum 2016