Laura den Hertog
Hailing from Montreal where French and English cultures form a unique blend, Laura den Hertog creates a duet of past and present in her work.
The seed of an artist was sown when at age six den Hertog’s Dutch parents took her to see the art museums of the Netherlands. Growing up in an eclectic household where everyone was always doing something creative and where craftsmanship, ingenuity and skill were supreme, is it any wonder that she gravitated towards time honored painting techniques?
Laura studied commercial art at Dawson College in Montreal and spent her early years working in illustration and design. While this prevented “Starving artist syndrome” it did not allow her to create the kind of magic inherent in traditional paintings.
Laura now puts her considerable energy into creating paintings where past meets present, where people and things are timeless and the land is pristine.
A Note from the artist:
I have never been satisfied with making art for beauty’s sake alone.
I much prefer to imbue my work with a narrative, weaving a story through symbols, color and body language. My landscapes invite you to walk a path, follow the river’s edge to nature’s perfection or look upward into a vast and ever changing sky. My still life paintings blend nature and man (or woman) in the form of food, to feed the body and soul.
My figurative work draws on my experiences as well as stories told by others, each with it’s own tale to tell.