Els van der Giessen

Personal details

Els van der Giessen
Akeleistraat 6c
3202GC Spijkenisse
the Netherlands

Phone: +31 181 617424
E-mail: pwelsvandergiessen@gmail.com

Working expirience

  • Doctor’s Assistant
  • Costumière


Followed several courses in Botanical drawing and watercolour, including

  • Hortus Atelier, Leiden taught by Anita Walsmit Sachs,
  • Museum de Zwarte Tulp, Lisse, courses taught by Helen Allen, Beverly Allen,
  • Scotland, Linlithgow taught by Fiona en Robert McNeall Strickland.


  • Dutch Society of Botanical Artists


Pencil and watercolour


As a child I could already enjoy the very beginning and the growth and inflorescence of flowers and plants. Later in my own garden, vegetables were added. Painting flowers and plants gave me relaxation and fun. By following workshops I learned to display this botanically correct. I hope to draw and paint the beauty of flowers and plants on paper for a long time to come and to share this passion.