Biography of Erna Goudbeek, written by Ingrid Mes, her best friend


Erna Goudbeek, born in 1966, grew up in Almelo, a town in the province of Overijssel in Holland, a place where her love of painting began. Her once hobby became a true passion, giving us the magnificent internationally recognised oil paintings we see today.

From a successful career at the NATO Base to working full time in her studio and gallery in her home in Neugnadenfeld, a small village in Germany, Erna has grown as an artist developing a unique captivating style. She has evolved into the one of the best loved nature artists of this time, influenced by her love of the natural world, the impressionistic oil painters of the School of Den Hague and deftly guided by her now deceased mentor, a Dutch old Master. His recognition of her natural talent steered her present techniques, inspiring her and giving her the conviction to progress to where she is today. “It feels like I’ve gone back in time and have finally come home; here I have settled down”, surrounded by nature and wildlife, she finds the inspiration she needs to create.

Erna’s admiration of nature and wild animals are the life force of her work; evident in the captured soul of her subjects on panel, like the purity and grace of an owl, or the strength of a horse or dog, the intensity of the hunt and stare of a bird of prey. It’s their passion for life that is the same passion with which she paints, bringing their existence to such lifelike skill, one could believe you are watching its life unfold before you. When painting, Erna feels she expresses her true emotional self. She knows she has been successful when she sees that same depth of emotional response in the eyes of those who view her works.

Responses to Erna’s latest works have garnered a dedicated following and she has engaged with some challenging projects worldwide, most recently with Royal commissions in the Middle East.


Abu Dhabi 2011, where invited to the International Festival of Falconry in Al Ain (UAE), representing the Netherlands with two paintings as a finalist in the art competition.
Bahrain 2014, invited along with only two other artists to Mara’ee in Bahrain exhibiting work that caught the attention of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain, to whom she was introduced.
London 2014, one of her oil paintings was selected for the David Shephard Wildlife Artist of the Year 2014 exhibition at the Mall Galleries.

Erna’s work continues to inspire, and her fan base grows year on year, not only for the unequalled work in capturing nature but also for her commitment and passion to the subjects she portrays. She can be contacted for commissioned works by email and her works can be viewed on Facebook and her website.

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