About the Book
Heleen Cornet has been living for forty years in the Caribbean on several islands of the Dutch Caribbean. During those years she has made thousands of paintings of which around 400 are shown on the 100 pages of this book.
Heleen could be found regularly on the top of Mount Scenery were she made drawings of the dramatic rain forest. She camped on the volcanic mountain for more than four weeks. These drawings have resulted in big oil and watercolor on canvas paintings. Lately she made a series of gold leaf paintings that are exhibited in this book.
Her pleinair paintings show the great diversity of her work and the captivating beauty of Saba, this small island in the Caribbean.
A book that shows the nature of the islands where she has been living and the joy of life that is part of the essence of her work.
Heleen Cornet was born in Holland in 1945. She obtained a degree in education and a master’s degree in fine arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Amersfoort (Holland). After having lived for a couple of years in Norway she moved in 1975 to Bonaire (Neth. Antilles). There she taught fine arts at the high school for nine years. After living for one year in Curacao and St. Maarten she moved in 1986 to Saba were she has been an art teacher at the Saba Comprehensive School. Together with her husband Tom van‘t Hof and family she has made Saba her residence ever since. Heleen published several books together with her husband marine biologist drs.Tom van‘t Hof for the marine parks of Bonaire, Curacao and Saba for which she did the illustrations. The books Saban Cottages and Echoes of the Past are illustrated with watercolors of the picturesque historical houses on the Caribbean islands Saba and Sint Eustatius.