The Artist Friend
Isobel Gelman came into my life a couple of years ago through a mutual friend, and has become one of my best buds. Originally from Sweden, she moved to Utrecht some 5 years ago because she likes us Dutchies, and she’s literally allergic to cold which makes living in Sweden unpleasant to say the least. She’s a quirky vegan nerd, obsessed with Twin Peaks and Doctor Who, addicted to Fall Out, a loving cat mom and an incredibly loyal friend.
In addition to being one of my best mates, she’s also an incredibly talented artist. While she dabbles in more traditional forms of artistic expression like drawing and sculpting, her preferred medium is digital painting and you won’t believe the things that woman can do in Photoshop. For example, not only did she design the birth announcement card for our daughter Leena, she then went and used her image to paint her as a Jedi baby for my nerd husband’s first father’s day!
Her handy work can be seen in the wonderful logo she created for my business, and I hire here on a regular basis to design flyers and posters. She also designed Anniek’s business logo by the way, my other bestie who you can read about here.
She has also been a pleasure to collaborate on archeological reconstructions with (see this blog post). Recently these have become some of her favorite art pieces to do as they combine her love of art with her love of history and her enjoyment of learning new things. It amazes me how she can take the few details I can glean from the fragmentary remains of a 3000 year old burial, and turn it into colorful image full of life and detail. I can’t wait to see what she creates next (and yes, that is a teaser for something we’re collaborating on).
Please go check out her portfolio for more of her amazing artwork, and by all means go show this creative soul some love!