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1.Personal development

Dear visitor,

From my early childhood I was always busy with painting and drawing themes from nature. Nature is an inexhaustible source of inspiration. After following some painting- and etching courses, I started in 1981 with the Assendelft painting course at the Leidse Onderwijsinstelling  (L.O.I.)

Assendelft painting is an authentique Dutch Folkart painting style, that finds its origin in the 17th century and formed additional employment for farmers and fishermen. The motives were found in their own environment, like flowers, birds, fruits and they were also inspired by scenes from the bible. The name Assendelft painting is related to a small village in the province of North- Holland in which area authentique painted objects were  found and collected.These items you can nowadays be admired in some specific Dutch museums with a special interest in Dutch (folk) art and history.

After successfully  finishing the course of Assendelft painting, I directly became a certified and fully authorized teacher in this painting style. This was officially authorized by the late Mr. Jacques Zuidema, who developed  this course. After 1 year of teaching and using his official patterns and examples, I felt that I needed to move into a different direction. I started to enhance and develop new techniques and motives by my own hand, to create more freedom and more possibilities in my painting.

In 1990 and 2000 I was officially invited to introduce and teach my own style in Japan. I gave seminars in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka. At the same time an exhibition of my work was held in Mitsukoshi Department Store in Nagoya. In Japan, as well as in America, Canada and Australia some part of the local decorative painting is based on authentic European styles. But also new techniques and new styles, developed and introduced by individual artists, were very popular during 'the Eighties' and became a big hype in these countries.

In the last 26 years, I gave and I still give, seminars and lectures in Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and nowadays also in Israël. In Israël decorative painting is very popular and there are a lot of good painters there. It is always good to meet friends all over the world and sharing the love for painting.

I am very grateful to my sons Jeroen and Francois and my husband Leo for their support. I especially want to thank my very dear friend Mrs. Sachico Ito from Nagoya in Japan. She has been my big anchor and guide , especially during my second stay in Japan. 

Finally, I sincerely hope that this website will bring a lot of joy and painting inspiration to all my ex- students in Japan, Korea and Taiwan and also, of course, to my present Japanes students in Holland. I wish you all good luck and may be in the future: "Sayonara!"

With warm regards,

Your sincerely, Emmy Stokvis

2. What is Decorative Painting?

Sourse: Society of Decorative Painters Magazine (America)


By definition decorative painting can be discribed as a diverse art form that utilizes a variety of techniques and media to decorate functional and nonfunctional surfaces. The techniques are traditionally based on long-term craftmanship excercised through many generations and are influenced by historical, social and regional developments. Decorative painting in the Netherlands has, since long, been renowned for its appealing design, the choice of colours and the application on objects and use in interiors.

Contemporary decorative painting has also been a teachable art form because of the systematic methods that are employed. Hence the long traditions used by many generations throughout history. It's also for this reason that several techniques in decorative painting could develop into a 'signature' that belonged to a specific region and - in some cases - even became the 'trademark' of towns and villages. However, the use of either pre - drawn or freehand designs allows a high degree of success without special academic training or inherent drawing ability. This explains why decorative painting has always been regarded as an art form 'of the people' and why it has enjoyed a long term popularity. Approached with creativity, discipline and craftmanship, contemporary decorative painting offers opportunities for artistic self - expression and creative satisfaction.The scope of  contemporary decorative painting is boundless, incorporating styles and techniques of the past, adapting these to new trends and materials of the present, while at the same time developing the decorative art heritage of the future. Therefore it's a dynamic art form that leaves room for all sorts of interpretations by those who wish to extend their creative possibilities.

For further information, you can click on  Links . There you can find some very interesting and instructive sites about decorative painting.


Emmy Stokvis - Holland


Decorative Fine Art Studio 'Jonathan'