Annemarie van Haeringen
Three-time Gouden Penseel winner Annemarie van Haeringen (b. 1959) studied under Thé Tjong-Khing at art school, but she learned most about the profession of illustration from her fellow artist Max Velthuijs. Since her debut in 1985, her work has evolved from detailed watercolour and ink illustrations to whimsical line drawings featuring a bold use of colour and plenty of space on the paper. Picture books form the core of Van Haeringen’s oeuvre. She often writes them herself, as well as illustrating, as in her award-winning Beer is op Vlinder (Bear Loves Butterfly) and Coco or the Little Black Dress.
Working mainly in ink and watercolors, she lets the outlines run to suggest action and speed. For Little Donkey and Jakkie’s Birthday she won the 2003 Austrian Children’s and Young Adult Book Prize. Van Haeringen is known for her bold use of color. Her own picture books are often based on fables. The Princess With the Long Hair, an entirely imaginary story, was awarded the most important Dutch prize for illustrators, the Golden Paintbrush, in 2000. She won the same prize the year before, with Malmok, and again in 2005 for Bear is on Butterfly. In 2003 she was awarded the Silver Slate Pencil for The Beginning of the Sea.