About Petronella

Award winning artist Petronella’s Van Leusden’s work shows an incredibly diverse skill set. She uses a varied range of materials and mediums to give expression to her subject. Her work ranges from sculpture to painting, from oil to pastel, from portrait to landscape, from abstract to realism. 

Multi-talented and versatile, Petronella’s work ranges from subtle nuances of tone and texture through to passionate and bold strokes of vibrancy depending on what the idea requires. Her work aims to encapsulate the essence of beauty and evoke the emotion beyond the form. She explores her visual vocabulary and pushes it to its extremes and tantalises the viewers. 

Award winner at Border Art Prize

To sum up Petronella’s artistic philosophy the words of Tao Te Ching are appropriate: “It is the space within that gives the vessel it’s function.”

Petronella has studied fine art and sculpture extensively both in The Netherlands and Australia and her knowledge and breadth of experience demonstrates itself with her use of depth and form. Her work integrates a three dimensionality where the subject and the environment interact. Her focus is to use her creative expression to channel and elicit an emotive response from the viewer, allowing them to add their interpretation. 

You can read Petronella’s C.V. here…

1982 – my first year of portrait drawing, outside the Beaubourg Museum of Modern Art in Paris. Two years before I attended the Kunst Academie in Den Haag, Netherlands.