Dear Friend of the arts,

Please allow me to introduce myself:

My name is Conny Roest, I am married to Jan van Gils. We have a daughter and two grandchildren.

While growing up, my parents always supported me, allowing me to develop my artistic talents.

Already as a little girl people loved my drawings and paintings.

Over the years I followed my passion and attended a number of courses at the Youth School of Fine Arts in Rotterdam amongst others. Later in life, I decided to move to a professional level and followed a four year higher fine arts degree at The Arendonk School of Fine Arts in Belgium which I finished with distinction in 2012. It is the only Academy in the Dutch-speaking world that is geared towards people with full-time jobs.

Currently I am continuing my advanced studies with another year at Arendonk where I am now working on specialized painting techniques.

I have followed a Masterclass with Marjon den Engelsman as well as travelled on numerous study trips to Paris, Berlin, Zurich, Rome and New York.

The themes that have continued to interest me tend to stress surrealism, nature and animals. I feel very much at one when I work on these type of paintings.

Enjoy looking through my (portfolio) site