Born in The Netherlands (literally meaning: The Low Lands), Hetty emigrated to Canada as a young adult where she and husband John lived for 20 years. In 1978 the family immigrated to the U.S. and ultimately settled in the South Carolina Low Country in 1990.

Art always played a large role in Hetty’s life, and eventually she had the opportunity to earn a B.A. Degree in Art from Northern Illinois University where she also attended Graduate School.

Hetty has worked in watercolors, studied printmaking, tried oils, but currently she mostly works in acrylics, which she calls “a fascinating medium with endless possibilities.” Often she paints landscapes, not necessarily specifically low country scenes but more a universal view of land, sky and water. Style-wise, she likes to be on that edge between traditional and abstraction, which often gives an added element of interest to the work.

Hetty has exhibited in Wheaton, Ill., Charleston, SC, and of course at the Beaufort Art Association, where she has been honored to receive several Awards. Her work has also been on the cover of a Chicago magazine and recently she completed illustrating a children’s book.

During her long involvement with the Beaufort Art Association, Hetty has held many positions, including that of President. For many years she has been a member of the Thursday Painters Group, an inspiring and supportive weekly work-get-together with other artists who are not afraid to give honest critiques!

About her work, Hetty feels it’s an ever evolving journey, always a venture into the unknown. “Being an artist” happens on many levels and when she feels intimidated or has “bitten off more than she can chew,” what comes to her mind is the commercial that was on TV some years ago, which said:

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you have imagined!”

“Well,” she says, “I am trying!”

Hetty Nijman

Address: P.O. Box 288
Seabrook, SC 29940

Telephone: (843) 846-6638

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