My name is Bibi Snelderwaard Brion. I'm a Dutch native, born and raised in Amsterdam, and moved to Pennsylvania, to live with my husband in 2008. A former rock musician, office job hopper, herb student, columnist for the Williamsport Sun Gazette and occasional self taught oil painter, I've been dedicating all of my time to painting since 2012 (until 2014 when we had our first son and 2016 when we had our second son, so I now paint part-time). I paint en plein air (painting outdoors) as well as in the studio.
I live out in the country surrounded by old farm lands, a few dairy farms and woods. Our small town has a bank, a market, a post office, a barbershop, a coffee shop, a restaurant, a Mennonite country store, a few lumber companies, a gas station and an auto repair shop. No red lights. While city life is my natural habitat, I appreciate the challenge of finding beauty in my current surroundings. There is something so satisfying about spotting a landscape in just the right light or discovering an interesting building in just the right time of year. Most of my work can be regarded as recordings of the basic, rough and challenging rural life, beautiful in all it's ugliness-run-down barns, dilapidated houses, framed by nature's luster. It's said that every painting, in a way, is a self portrait. I'd say that's true for me. My work reflects my life and its challenges to find beauty, and to feel a connection to my environment. Sometimes a subject I choose is simply appealing for its design, color combination or contrast, sometimes it has elements of my life in the Netherlands, sometimes it's an ode to an artist I admire, sometimes it's curiosity about why I'm so intrigued by the sight of a couple of rusty old cars parked in the woods. But it's always my goal to improve with every brush stroke, wipe of a paper towel and scraping of my palette knife and to connect to my surroundings and with that, my viewers.