Jeanne Krabbendam

Jeanne Krabbendam

Born in The Netherlands, Jeanne (pronounce it like the French do) lived in The Netherlands and Northern Africa, before immigrating to Vancouver, Canada in 1999. Since that time she has been busy establishing herself as a talented mixed media artist with European flair on the West Coast. Jeanne now divides her studio time between Hallum, the Netherlands and Vancouver, Canada. She is an artist full of energy and passion. Painting has always been part of Jeanne's daily life. She has formal training in the European art tradition and extensive exhibit experience both in Europe and North America. After finishing art training in The Netherlands and France, she started painting in themes, working with acrylics, water colour, oil paint, encaustic techniques, printmaking, and collage. Working in themes, in series of paintings, allows her to explore a concept. This way the process of painting is for her a journey, a voyage through ideas, composition, texture and colour. Always trying to get as close as she can to the story she wants to share.

Stylistically many of her works hover somewhere between representational and abstract. With a strong sense of colour Jeanne creates paintings, tactile compositions, that are peaceful yet full of movement, subtle yet powerful. The works in her series are all painted on a built surface of different textural materials such as acrylics, plaster, altered images, graphite, inks, wax, and oil paint. A large part of Jeanne's work has been sold at exhibitions, but individuals and corporations have also commissioned her. Over the years, many of Jeanne's paintings have found a home in Europe, North America, Australia, South Africa, Japan, and China.


  • Experimental techniques: Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada (2001)
  • Mixed Media: Vancouver Academy of Art, Canada (2000)
  • Photography and Design Diploma: Studio Rosenberg Academy, Utrecht, The Netherlands (1997)
  • Independent Work, Painting/Mixed Media/Graphic Arts: Artibus Academy of Fine Arts, Utrecht, The Netherlands (1990)
  • Painting: Ecole Nationales Superieurs des Beaux Arts, Paris, France (1988)
  • Degree Adult Education, Windesheim, The Netherlands, (1988)
  • Degree Agogical Professional Training Art Therapy/Play therapy, SOAB, The Netherlands, (1986)
  • Fine Arts Certificate: Royal College PBNA, Arnhem, The Netherlands (1978)


Current and upcoming shows

  • Art Rental Programme
    North Vancouver Community Arts Council:
    My painting “Along the Fraser” is up for rent for the season 2021/2022 / 2023


  • De R-u-i-m-t-e - Artist in residency with exhibition, The Netherlands, 2004.
  • The Banff Centre -  Artist In Residency program (BAIR) Early Fall 2011.
  • West Point Grey Academy, Vancouver, BC Canada, 2016.


  • Coal Harbour Community Centre, Vancouver, 2005 – 2019
  • Coast Resource Centre, Vancouver, Canada 2004 - 2018;   Members exhibition May 2005, May 2006, June 2007, Sept 2008, Olympic Art Show CONNECT, Feb/Mar 2010, members exhibition September 2011
  • Emily Carr Institute for Art and Design, Vancouver, 2006 - 2017
  • Quest University, Squamish, BC, 2015
  • Langara College, Vancouver, 2011
  • Creekside Community and Recreation Centre (Olympic Village), Vancouver BC, 2010 - 2014.
  • Metchosin International School of Art, Victoria, BC, 2007, 2008, 2010
  • Red Deer College, Red Deer, AB, 2006
  • HoogSticht College, Utrecht, The Netherlands 1994 -1999
  • Dennendal, Den Dolder, The Netherlands 1989 – 1994
  • Dabar College, Zwolle, The Netherlands 1984 -1989
  • Vienna Summerschool of the Arts, Vienna, Austria, 1984
  • University of Nijmegen, Faculty of Arts and Social studies, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 1981 – 1983
  • And several workshops, weekend courses and painting trips in The Netherlands and Canada, 1985 – ongoing


  • House & Home Magazine, December Issue 2018
  • Inspired BC, movie directed by Camille Vernet, part of a web series about artists in British Columbia.
  • Vancouver Courier Interview - The Art of Coping with Mental Illness ( May 18, 2017). Please see article and video clip
  • That Channel, Toronto, ON, live-interview, 2017
  • CKNW radio interview regarding Annual Coast Art Show, 2013
  • Vancouver Sun interview, UGM rotating art gallery, 2013
  • Global TV News, about the production of the Annual Coast Art Show 2012
  • North Shore News, interview on the exhibition INVESTIGATIONS at Seymour Art Gallery Deep Cove, 2012
  • CBC radio The Early Edition with Rick Cluff April 2010 – interview about the art show “ALLEY WAYS at the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery, Vancouver
  • Jewish Independent April 2010 – interview and review of the show ALLEY WAYS with Norm Chodirker
  • CBC The National Feb 2010 – TV interview with Bob Nixon about Jeanne’s work with Coast Mental Health and the CONNECT Art Show
  • Reader’s Digest Dec 2009 – interview ‘Art From The Edge’ about the artist’s volunteer art work with Coast Mental Health
  • Granville Island News Mar 2009 – interview ‘Tenant of the Month’
  • Channel M, Chai Time May 2008 - TV interview about the series “A Travel Journal”


  • Travel with a Challenge web magazine
  • - a collaboration of poets on Jeanne's painting Transition, published in BluePrint Review
  • Art From the Edge, Readers Digest, December 2009
  • Royal University Willem Pompe, The Netherlands, illustration of dissertation Dr. L.H.M. Slits, 1990
  • Tienerlatijn, Creative Magazine For Teenagers, writer, 1982 – 1989
  • “Art and Rhythm”, a book on the influence of rhythm on arts and play, writer, 1985
  • “The Boy Who Started To Grow”, dissertation on Art Therapy, writer, 1987
  • “Hotel Victoria”, writer/producer of a musical with residents, relatives and friends of the people in Dennendal, the Netherlands, 1994
  • “Lord of The Rings”, producer of a two months Summer festival with residents of Dennendal, The Netherlands, 1991


  • PICKS AND PIXELS, Britannia Mine Museum, Britannia Beach, 2018
  • HARBOUR ART, Vancouver Martime Museum, 2015
  • NO FUTURE WITHOUT A PAST, Britannia Mine Museum, Britannia Beach, 2015
  • MIXX, Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr University, Vancouver, 2014
  • BREAKING GROUND, Britannia Mine Museum, 2014
  • WATER WORKS, Vancouver Maritime Museum, 2013
  • ABOVE AND BELOW THE SURFACE, Britannia Mine Museum, 2013
  • TRANSFORMATION,  a student art show at Emily Carr University's Concourse Gallery, 2011
  • START shows (Student Art Shows with student work from Jeanne's diverse classes), 2007, 2008, 2009
  • CONNECT, Olympic Art Show with Coast Mental Health and The Gathering Place, 2010
  • COAST ART SHOW & SALE, 2005-2013


Jeanne enjoys to receive your comments on her art or web site. Please send her an e-mail.



Jeanne is a member of CARFAC

Jeanne Krabbendam

Inspired by nature, traveling and people

Colourful .... a wide range of subjects

Somewhere between representational and abstract

Acrylics, mixed media, collage

Exhibited throughout the world


Jeanne working in the Salt Water Studio

Jeanne working at her former Salt Water Studio


Artfrom the Edge - Readers Digest Dec 2009

Read From the Art Edge, Reader's Digest, December 2009. Click image above.



Christi Kramer
Daniela Elza

How shall we say the poem started?  The collaboration as layered in its process as the painting that inspired it: from the outermost pigment we soak in and touch, down through spackle and canvas, to muse. 

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