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Featured Artist Lily Van Bienen
Artist Lily Van Bienen finds joy in painting large, colorful and expressive floral portraits. See more of her amazing work by visiting her website.
“Rose Otto” Oil on Linen, 120cm x 90cm
For as long as I can remember, I have always had a romance with flowers. I was first fascinated by flower embroidery pieces that my father brought from China. I then fell in love with flower embroidered clothes, either ready-made or decorated by my mother or myself, to silk flowers which I collected from all over the world, and, finally, to fresh flowers, especially tulips living their own lives and having their own life stories.
Born in Russia and graduating cum laude from the Moscow Linguistic University in 1977, I had a good career representing European companies in the television industry of the former USSR. I speak five languages fluently and a few others a little bit. I decided to stop working in the broadcast industry when my husband, who is Dutch, decided to take his retirement.