Hilma Koelman
Hallandale Beach, Florida

Hilma Koelman has traveled the world, but always found herself coming back to the ocean. Her years living in Curacao, a tropical island in the Caribbean, provided endless inspiration for her art, from the deep turquoise of the water to the colorful buildings of the island. Now living in South Florida, Hilma uses her abstract paintings to express her passion and energy. She may go through states of happiness, struggling, or insecurity when she’s creating a work of art, but she always arrives at a feeling of satisfaction, at which point she knows the painting is finished.

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Hilma Koelman 7/18/2016 | 9:54 AM

My paintings are reflections, a single thought, a mood, a conversation on canvas, back and forward. A dance between colors, with movement and energy. If you have any inquiries or if you would like to see a larger image file of one of the paintings, please don't hesitate to ask me.

Untitled #3

Oil painting on wood
Signed on back

12" h x 12" w x 1.5" d
0 lbs. 8 oz.


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My endless love for the sea has been my inspiration. The main colors are several shades of blue and white, but there are many more colors to discover. This piece was made with oil paint and cold wax on a cradled wood panel. The sides have been painted white and the work comes ready to hang.

Oil painting

Oil paint uses natural oils, such as linseed, poppy and walnut oil to bind the pigments. Oils are slow to dry, which allows the artist to rework the painting to achieve the desired effect. Also, they blend easily, which helps to achieve certain colors. With the rise of naturalism in 15th century Early Netherlandish painting, oil paints became preferred to quick drying tempera paint. Artists wanted a medium that would allow them to achieve detailed and precise effects in their paintings. Consider all of the detail in the masterpieces of Jan van Eyck and Hieronymus Bosch!


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