About the Art(ist)

About the Artist:
Meike Zane is a 33 year old portrait artist living in London – the UK, but originally from the Netherlands. She has an MA degree in Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management, and Education from Maastricht University and a BSc degree in Communication and Media from Erasmus University Rotterdam. She also spent half a year studying abroad at the State University of New York – Stony Brook. She is passionate about art (both her own and others), photography, traveling, music, and more.

About the Art:
Meike mostly works in traditional pencil realism, ranging from size A5 to size A2. Occasionally she dabbles with coloured pencils, watercolour, ink, pastels, or other elements such as gold leaf and glitter. All of the above sizes are available for commission, prices are on request via email.

Artist’s Statement:
While I originally started drawing as a teenager in 2006, I wasn’t nearly as interested in or passionate about it as I am now. I drew some of my favorite bands and athletes, but had no future aspirations concerning my own art or the art world in general. It wasn’t until my father passed away unexpectedly in 2009 that things started to change drastically. His last words were the evening before, to me – right after I had finished a drawing – that he was so proud of me and my artwork. The next morning I realised I wanted to spend most of my time drawing, and have been doing so ever since. I owe dad a lot, including making me see my true potential and encouraging me to follow my dreams.

In my portraits I try to portray the subjects as they truly are. I strive to not only capture their likeness, but their soul on paper as well. This is why I often choose to draw portraits of people I admire and respect. People whose work I enjoy, people who have made a difference in my life, people I look up to.

What I find most important is that others enjoy my art, which is why I offer commissions. Many people want drawings of their loved ones or heroes to grace their walls, and I am honoured that they come to me to create them. The biggest compliments I receive are the ones from people telling me my art has inspired them to pick up a pencil or be creative otherwise themselves. Creativity decorates the world, I see it as necessary to make it a better place to live in. It doesn’t matter whether that creativity is expressed as drawings, pictures, films, music, etc. I consider it all to be art.

If you are interested in purchasing artwork by Meike, please contact her via email.