Hanneke Boot

Mouth Artist



Hanneke Boot was born on 25 August 1962 in Heemstede. She always had interest in painting and was aiming to study in solely. Unfortunately, she discovered that a muscle disease leading to physical disability meant that she was unable to satisfy the requirements of an academy of art and to complete the number of works she would have had to create there. As an alternative, she followed a correspondence course in drawing, finishing with a diploma in drawing. In addition, she attended various painting courses and workshops in order to learn the technique of mouth painting. Though all these teaching lessons, courses and training activities, Hanneke Boot has acquired a wide range of techniques, including working in pen and ink, charcoal, pencil, oil and water colours.

Her subjects include landscapes, animals, portraits and still lifes, which are implemented in an impressionist and occasionally a surrealist style. The style also depends on the subject and her own mood. For her, painting is a way of communicating and informing the viewer about herself through her manner of painting. After being granted a scholarship by the Association in 1986, she became an Associate Member of the AMFPA ten years later. This allowed her to attend a course in far-eastern water colour techniques and a correspondence course in psychology. She hopes to be able to apply this knowledge creatively to drawing and painting. In addition, it helps her in the painting and drawing courses which she offers to over-60s.