Natascha Sastra

Since my childhood I have loved to draw and paint, I grew up with horses, so horses and people were my favorite subjects.
At first I went to a fashion academie, than 1 year Art Academy in Maastricht, next an education to become a primary school teacher and than later also 5 more years at the Art Academy Maasmechelen (Belgium). Both painting and model drawing.
I really had great inspiring and strict mentors.
At the same time, I received commissions from the equestrian center on which our daughters rode horses. That's how I ended up at the 5 star equestrian show jumping Longlignes Global Championstour, where I was asked to exhibit in my own booth as well as in the entire viplounges and even at the casino in Monaco. It was a great time, we have met a lot of people, I loved this dynamics of painting and exhibiting.
In 2012 decided to start tattooing, learn new techniques and materials, It is a magnificently profession. You crawl literally into someone else's skin. The learning process is also very intriguing. But it is also a tough profession. Physically, because you often sit in the same position for hours and mentally, because people often choose a tattoo for emotional reasons. That means that you often have them sitting in the chair for days. That you get to hear more of their emotional struggles than the average psychologist.
A few months ago I decided to take up the brushes and pencils again. Because I missed it. Because it makes me zen. And because I'm bursting with ideas. Because in the end I like nothing better than painting.


Portfolio:

No smile for a While, painting oil on canvas, , 160 x 120 cm

The person
The person portrayed in this painting came with this request while and because he was going through a very difficult phase of life. There were some nasty and sad personal events that took place in his life.
His father, who was diagnosed with dementia, was in the transition phase from living at home with his wife to being placed in a nursing home. Needless to say, this was a very painful and sad process for his loved ones. Meanwhile, when I where painting this piece, this nursing became in lock-down. His family could no longer visit him. And he became sick, lonely and even more confused than before. After sad years seeing him struggling with dementia, he finally died from Covid 19.
We agreed that the portrait would be influenced by ‘the joker’ and the carnival in our province, both featuring painted faces. The portait expressions include raw, hurt, torn, dark, introvert, down, a little bitter, sarcastic and sardonic. The composition doesn't lie. Nothing is made more beautiful than it is. The man is naked behind his make-up and talcum powder mask. The honey flows uncontrollably along his face, chaoticly, messy, confusing. The little enjoyments little things of life are no longer seen or experienced as an insignificant burden. Behind the closed eyes, his own feelings and thoughts remain private. What does someone have to endure to get this far and dare to show it?

No smile for a while “No smile for a while”

The person
The person portrayed in this painting came with this request while and because he was going through a very difficult phase of life. There were some nasty and sad personal events that took place in his life.
His father, who was diagnosed with dementia, was in the transition phase from living at home with his wife to being placed in a nursing home. Needless to say, this was a very painful and sad process for his loved ones. Meanwhile, when I where painting this piece, this nursing became in lock-down. His family could no longer visit him. And he became sick, lonely and even more confused than before. After sad years seeing him struggling with dementia, he finally died from Covid 19.
We agreed that the portrait would be influenced by ‘the joker’ and the carnival in our province, both featuring painted faces. The portait expressions include raw, hurt, torn, dark, introvert, down, a little bitter, sarcastic and sardonic. The composition doesn't lie. Nothing is made more beautiful than it is. The man is naked behind his make-up and talcum powder mask. The honey flows uncontrollably along his face, chaoticly, messy, confusing. The little enjoyments little things of life are no longer seen or experienced as an insignificant burden. Behind the closed eyes, his own feelings and thoughts remain private. What does someone have to endure to get this far and dare to show it?

Girl with her pearl, oilpaniting on canvas, 200 x 150 cm

We decided to portray Hieke as the 'fashionita to become’ she was before her career as a fashion model would actually start at the age of 18. To portray Hieke as she is, pure, Hieke the girl from a village in the south of the Netherlands, with the necessary travel and work experience for this age, sagacious, sensible and independent, quite self-confident. A girl with big plans for the future, that's why we chose the monumental size (200 x 150 cm). The size symbolizes her dream of the future. For her enthusiasm for the profession.
A girl with a warm character, spontaneous, yet modest, well-mannered, balanced and harmonious, this is expressed by the color combinations in the transparent compartments, her personal color palette, carefully selected by herself.
The various open and filled transparent subjects also symbolize the different facets that her life has and will have.
How is she going to show herself to the outside world, privately and professionally? How does the outside world see her? This will always be looked at through different glasses, depending on the perspective of the viewer, the transparency, the openness and the covered colours are a symbolic reflection of this.
The stories she told elatedly about her work and adventures in the big cities bear witness to a cast-iron character, purposeful, dedicated, powerful. With her own physical height, she can best make an impressive first impression. Her favorite movie is Narnja, the favorite protagonist in this film is the lion, and her favorite animal is also a lion. That's why we chose an abstracted lion in the grid and the transparent surfaces.
Hieke has an almost symmetrical face, which allowed us to use a predominantly symmetrical grid that emphasizes this natural symmetry, as well as the characteristic 'imperfections'. As a portrait painter, you don't get this opportunity very often, of course. We wanted to accentuate her determination and straight future plans by the clean lines of the grid.
Perhaps the most important detail in this portrait is that one pearl, graceful and stylish. This one refers to 'the girl with the pearl earring' by Johannes Vermeer, which means that Hieke, wherever in the world she lives in the future, will always remember where her roots lie, in Nl, just like that other girl with the pearl earring. Her grandmother was fond on pearls, her mother loves pearls, likes to wear them and Hieke also has a weakness for them. The pearl is a symbol in their family. Maybe also for the feminine side of it.
We have deliberately chosen to give the pearl a relatively smaller size than that of Johannes Vermeer, because it is mainly a precious symbol for Hieke. It is not about wealth or the financial value of a pearl, (although it is also often found in Hieke's favourite fashion house Dior), but ultimately, modestly, and certainly not theatrically, it is about Hieke's personal warm family memories.

"Girl with her pearl" oil on canvas “"Girl with her pearl" oil on canvas”

We decided to portray Hieke as the 'fashionita to become’ she was before her career as a fashion model would actually start at the age of 18. To portray Hieke as she is, pure, Hieke the girl from a village in the south of the Netherlands, with the necessary travel and work experience for this age, sagacious, sensible and independent, quite self-confident. A girl with big plans for the future, that's why we chose the monumental size (200 x 150 cm). The size symbolizes her dream of the future. For her enthusiasm for the profession.
A girl with a warm character, spontaneous, yet modest, well-mannered, balanced and harmonious, this is expressed by the color combinations in the transparent compartments, her personal color palette, carefully selected by herself.
The various open and filled transparent subjects also symbolize the different facets that her life has and will have.
How is she going to show herself to the outside world, privately and professionally? How does the outside world see her? This will always be looked at through different glasses, depending on the perspective of the viewer, the transparency, the openness and the covered colours are a symbolic reflection of this.
The stories she told elatedly about her work and adventures in the big cities bear witness to a cast-iron character, purposeful, dedicated, powerful. With her own physical height, she can best make an impressive first impression. Her favorite movie is Narnja, the favorite protagonist in this film is the lion, and her favorite animal is also a lion. That's why we chose an abstracted lion in the grid and the transparent surfaces.
Hieke has an almost symmetrical face, which allowed us to use a predominantly symmetrical grid that emphasizes this natural symmetry, as well as the characteristic 'imperfections'. As a portrait painter, you don't get this opportunity very often, of course. We wanted to accentuate her determination and straight future plans by the clean lines of the grid.
Perhaps the most important detail in this portrait is that one pearl, graceful and stylish. This one refers to 'the girl with the pearl earring' by Johannes Vermeer, which means that Hieke, wherever in the world she lives in the future, will always remember where her roots lie, in Nl, just like that other girl with the pearl earring. Her grandmother was fond on pearls, her mother loves pearls, likes to wear them and Hieke also has a weakness for them. The pearl is a symbol in their family. Maybe also for the feminine side of it.
We have deliberately chosen to give the pearl a relatively smaller size than that of Johannes Vermeer, because it is mainly a precious symbol for Hieke. It is not about wealth or the financial value of a pearl, (although it is also often found in Hieke's favourite fashion house Dior), but ultimately, modestly, and certainly not theatrically, it is about Hieke's personal warm family memories.

Painting 'pre-fun’ Oil on canvas, 160 x 100 cm

This is the portrait of our eldest daughter Odilon. Even though she now lives independently, she has been coming home to celebrate carnival with her friends for more than 10 years.
Here at home in the kitchen they dress up and make up, recall hilarious memories of previous years, look forward to the reunion with former classmates, friends and acquaintances. The carnival music plays to get into the right vibe, clothes and schminck articles everywhere. It's usually a bit chaotic and hurried. There is laughter and singing. A beautiful tradition.

'pre-fun' Oil on canvas “'pre-fun' Oil on canvas”

This is the portrait of our eldest daughter Odilon. Even though she now lives independently, she has been coming home to celebrate carnival with her friends for more than 10 years.
Here at home in the kitchen they dress up and make up, recall hilarious memories of previous years, look forward to the reunion with former classmates, friends and acquaintances. The carnival music plays to get into the right vibe, clothes and schminck articles everywhere. It's usually a bit chaotic and hurried. There is laughter and singing. A beautiful tradition.
Oil on canvas, 160 x 100 cm

exhibition at the Casino in Monaco

Exhibition at the Casino in Monaco in 2007, during the Global Championstour.

exhibition at the Casino in Monaco “exhibition at the Casino in Monaco”

Paintings of Edwina Alexander with her horse Pialotta, and Rob Gradussen.