Engelina Zandstra is a Dutch artist living in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Zandstra’s way of working is spontaneous. It starts with a concept, an idea, which is in most cases undefined. It can have its origin in the images that are stored in her imagination, or in the impressions of daily life. The paintings made in this way can be considered ‘Landscapes of the mind’.
Zandstra’s style can best be described as lyrical-abstract. Sometimes they are more figurative, at other times fully abstract. Colour is a central importance : the alchemy of colour defines the atmosphere of a painting.
Usually she works in many thin layers of paint on top of each other. Each new layer gives inspiration for the following one, with new ideas. Due to layering, the acrylic gains depth and character.
Sometimes the beginning is abstract, and then at some point human figures are coming into shape.
As if the human presence then is necessary for further inspiration, defining human relationships. She likens her paintings to music; they don’t need words for explanation and often have musical titles.
Zandstra’s art education is mainly autodidact. She built knowledge and experience by following a great number of courses in Amsterdam in the fields of painting, etching, silk-screen painting and modelling.
She now concentrates on painting.