In the beginning of 2001 we got a hand written letter from a Celeste Versluis in which she expressed her desire to join Atelier Herenplaats as an artist. She impressed us during our first meeting by the clear way in which she could explain her motivation. She had an ambition to become a real artist, just like her uncle. Nothing else would do. In 2002 we were able to offer her an apprenticeship and since September 2002 she is a full time artist at Herenplaats.
When asked about her work Celeste says: ‘I draw many people and use various drawing materials and sometimes paint. I like drawing because it gives me an opportunity to be myself and it gives me a sense of tranquillity. You can read in the colours I use whether I’m angry or happy, stressed or calm. When I’m calm I tend to use light colours and when I’m preoccupied more strong colours. I like to draw naked people, specially women and families. I use black for men’s hair and light brown or yellow for women’s. The eyes are mostly blue, but sometimes also brown.’ Celeste’s work revolves around the human figure. She also has her own way of looking at people: ‘everyone is different and unique, so that nobody is ugly. A person’s inner world is just as important as their looks and you can only find out about that aspect by speaking with them.’ Celeste is very often inspired by her daily surroundings and activities.