As a biologist, I always research my subject in order to create a painting true to nature. Next to giving a true impression of the animal’s appearance, I am trying to capture its character and personality.

Let's get to know Hendrik Gheerardyn...

Location: Belgium

One word that best describes your style: Naturalist

Peregrine Falcon by Hendrik Gheerardyn
Peregrine Falcon by Hendrik Gheerardyn

1. What does a typical day in your life look like?
After my cup of coffee, I have a quick look at the online newspaper and plan my day. Most of the time, I am working at my drawing board or doing research to get to know my subject.

2. What does your studio look like?

My studio is pretty much well organized, with all equipment stored just next to my drawing board. It is a calm place with North-facing windows providing comfortable indirect light. As a source of inspiration, I have built quite an extensive library with books mainly about art and nature.

3. Tell us one unique thing about you / your art
My work is generally about nature and wildlife. As a biologist, I always research my subject in order to create a painting true to nature. Next to giving a true impression of the animal’s appearance, I am trying to capture its character and personality.

4. What do you love most about being an artist?
The pleasure I get from finishing a successful piece. I love being creative, and produce something which may be enjoyed by other people.

5. Which is your favourite artpiece so far and what is the story behind it?
Wolverine by Hendrik Gheerardyn
Wolverine by Hendrik Gheerardyn

Some time ago, I was asked by National Geographic magazine to paint five animal species for an article about the increasing population numbers of certain European species. Since my sixteenth birthday, I have had a subscription to National Geographic magazine, read its extraordinary stories and admired the amazing pictures of exotic places. I felt honored to contribute to a magazine which undoubtedly has influenced my view of the world.

6. What are 3 things you can’t live without in a day?
Coffee, my watercolor box and paint brushes.

7. Where do you get inspiration when you need it most?
After working at the drawing board for several hours, I need to get out for a run, or go on a cycling trip in the countryside once in a while. When it is too rainy, I prefer to stay inside and dive into books about the work of master artists and about nature.


Grizzly Bear and Grey Wolves by Hendrik Gheerardyn

8. What does success look like to you?
I would be very happy if, by showing the beauty of nature, I can contribute to its appreciation and protection.

For more nature-inspired pieces, check out Hendrik Gheerardyn's artist page.