Caroline Westerhout (Weert1970) studied Reproduction Drawing at the Graphic Lyceum in Eindhoven. After graduation she started working as a graphic designer. Around 2000 she started to study oil painting, which, through various emotional experiences and practice, resulted in a strong, personal style. Caroline uses that style to study, understand and express emotions, often through her own face.

Caroline Westerhout's oeuvre often consists of portraits, but not in the traditional sense of the word. Although she is an avid practitioner and lover of classical painting techniques, she finds it exciting to experiment. Because of this, her work has an undeniably contemporary aura. Figuration alternates with raw, abstract elements, she plays with deformation and perspective. In terms of paint she also finds it interesting to create a duality: refined, realistic parts of the face - eyes and mouths - in combination with rough keys and strokes and less elaborate surfaces. This fusion of styles and techniques creates movement, emotion and an exciting alienation. With her work she invites the audience to participate in her analysis of emotions as she feels and understands them. The spectator is drawn into this quest and finds the answers that suit him or her. Her theme is timeless and with her astonishing technical ability her work has a universal appeal. The penetrating eyes and the transparency of the human skin are painted so lifelike that the characters seem to come to life...