Annelies Hoek is today one of the most appreciated and famous portrait painters in the Netherlands. At the ‘Rijksacademie’ in Amsterdam her skills for portrait painting became clear. Her teacher at the art school was Prof. Sierk Schröder, the most important portrait painter of the time.
In the beginning of their marriage (Hans van de Loo) and the birth of their children, Katelijne and Floris, they have lived in Kenya for several years now. There and on many other trips, such as: Tanzania, Ethiopia, Guatemala Nepal and Myanmar, she made striking sketches of the people around her, in pencil, oil and watercolor. Some were later used as promotional material for charities.
“To catch people’s emotions, to take time to observe someone, to search for their unique qualities and to tell the world in tassels about them” is the most exciting challenge for her.
In 1995 she was commissioned to produce an official state portrait of H.M. Queen Beatrix. It was reproduced in an edition of 200 screen prints, spread all over the country in, among others, Municipal Houses and other public buildings.
In 1998 she settled with her family in a restored farmhouse with studio between fruit trees, meadows and ponds. She not only paints portraits, but also nudes, figures and still life.