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Portret of Hetty Hetty de Wette is a Dutch landscape painter, situated on the island of Schouwen-Duiveland in Zeeland, the Netherlands. She grew up in Austin, Texas. She lives with her husband and two children in a hundred year old cottage near the sea. Hetty painting on a dike

Hetty de Wette captures light for a living.

For 15 years she has lived and worked on a North Sea island in the south of Holland.

"Many artists paint from photographs", she says, "But the impressionists were fascinated with how real light hits the eye in a given moment."

She walks the beaches, the dunes and dikes of her island, easel and canvas strapped to a backpacking frame, painting in one place then moving to another as the light changes. "Island light is special", it is 'lighter' light, more diffused. They call it "Zeeuws licht".

Hetty on the Beach with painting stuff on her back

She exhibits regularly in the Netherlands and (less often) in the United States. Two television documentaries on her work have been broadcast nationally.

A book with a survey of her work is available for

€ 25

Hetty de Wette

Koudekerkseweg 10, 4328NP Burgh-Haamstede

0111-653532 / 0645037323