I am Bonny Zijlstra.
I have been painting since 1982. In that year, I began with a painting and drawing course for beginners at the OpenUniversity in Groningen, The Netherlands. Afterwards, I was for a while a pupil of Ton Dubbeldam (an artist in Groningen) and otherwise have been self-taught. My first works were almost exclusively still lifes, inspired by, among others, a number of northern realists (Henk Helmantel, Piet Sebes, en Rein Pol) and subsequently developed myself as figurative painter. You'll see a variety of subject matter mostly in oil and occasionally acryl.
Through the years, painting has become an indispensable pleasure for me. My subjects are very divers, but I have retained my preference for still lifes.
In 2006 I started sculpting and since 2011 I enjoy photographing, my interest is especially paid to macro photography.
In 2012 I've got the 'Five Golden Stars Coronation Art Award' for excellent work.