Jaron Verheij

Welcome to my website

End 2018 my art journey began. After moving from The Netherlands to Florida I had some extra free time to spend and I started drawing. I have always wanted to create art but never had the time to do it. For 20 years we (my husband and I) had a busy horse farm in The Netherlands where we worked about 14 hrs a day so I didn’t really have time and energy left to do something else. Fortunately that changed with our move to the USA. 

When I started I was particularly drawn to photo/hyper realistic art that I saw coming by on social media and I set my mind to it to give it a go. I started with graphite followed by colored pencil, charcoal and pastels. All ‘dry’ media. I’m very detail oriented in everything I do which really comes in handy when you want to make realistic art. I am a self taught artist. I have never had an art education or lessons but I started just playing around and figuring things out on my own. I started looking more into what other people were creating and watched some YouTube videos. Apparently I had a gift for creating art, my first pieces were liked by quite a lot of people and requests came in for buying my art. ​

Soon after requests came in for me to do commissions. At first I was a little hesitant in accepting commissions. Creating something that I want to do is different from having to create something that somebody else wants you to do. It has a different feel to it but it also brings along some pressure. So I accepted one commission just to give it a try. To see if I would like the process and if I were able to create something that the costumer would like. It was a success: I did like the process and the customer was satisfied. So I started taking on some commissions. I don’t take on many since I’m a part-time artist. My primary occupation is still as a horse trainer and teacher which doesn’t leave a lot of hours in the day to make art but I love the process from beginning to end, it’s very relaxing.

So after the discovery of the dry media I looked into the wet media of watercolors, acrylics and oils which were totally different from what I was used to but I love to learn and try out new things. All the media handle differently and it’s so fascinating what can be achieved with them. The learning process is never ending which is what makes it fun. Don’t be surprised if you find a totally different style of artwork popping up, it’s just me trying something new.

Hope you enjoy my art as much as I enjoyed creating it!!!!

Jaron Verheij