Loes Botman (*1968 Nijmegen/Netherlands)

'The desire to draw has always been there; as a child with pencil and paper, at the art academy as a young adult with all possible drawing and painting materials. And now as an artist exclusively with soft pastel. I have become a pastel freak. I write articles for English, German and Dutch magazines about painting with pastel; I also make videos. I draw for childrens’ books, but have also published two art books. I exhibit at home and abroad in more than 200 exhibitions and regularly give workshops and lectures. Colours and lines control my life in an extremely pleasant way. And I hope to share some of my enthusiasm with other people, so that the world becomes a little more beautiful every day.'