Berna Lamers

Welcome to my website. As long as i can remember, drawing and painting has been my greatest passion. As a professional artist I am specialized in portraying people and animals. It's a challenge to immortalize the charactertrait of a person or animal on paper or linen. The eyes are the most important, they have to show the character, and capture the soul of the person or animal portrayed. I regularly make drawings and paintings of people and pets who have passed away.

I make these realistic portraits based on photos with oil paint and pastel chalk. I also paint Christmas balls with a portrait of a pet or person on it. Here you will find a selection of my work, and the available possibilities to create the portrait you wish. In addition to drawing and painting, I also make free work with oil paint, acrylic paint, pastel chalk and colored pencil. You can follow my work on my blog. When you use the search function and choose, for example, "Dog", you will quickly see all the related work and updates i have posted.

Do you want to have a portrait or drawing made, or have you seen something on my site that you are interested in? Feel free to contact me, also if you want more information or if you have any questions. I'm always happy to help or give advice in any way i can. Together we can determine your exact wishes and desired details. The composition, technique used and the colour of the background are the most important to get right. I always continue to work until both i and the customer are satisfied with the result.

Pasteltekening_Labrador_15x21cm.jpgA drawn pastel portrait including frame is available from € 110, -


Pastel drawing: Portrait and Animal Portrait
Size            Incl. Passepartout    1 Pers./Animal
                       (frame size)
15 x 21 cm      21 x 30 cm               € 100,-
21 x 30 cm      30 x 40 cm               € 150,-
30 x 40 cm      40 x 50 cm               € 225,-
40 x 50 cm      50 x 60 cm               € 300,-
Oil painting: Portrait and Animal Portrait
Size             1 Pers./Animal
24 x 30 cm         € 325,-
30 x 40 cm         € 395,-
40 x 50 cm         € 495,-

A supplement of 30% is added to above prices for each extra person or animal.
Prices are excluding list. Other sizes are also possible.
Hand-painted Christmas ball: Portrait and Animal Portrait

15 centimeter diameter € 65,-

For sale



'Hawfinch' Acrylic painting 16 cm framed.

Olieverf-schilderijtje-Stilleven-fruit-24x18cm.jpg"Apple & Pear" Oil painting 23x29 cm, framed.

Dierenportret-in-pastel-30x40cm-Cavia-piano-spelen.jpg"Guinea pig" Pastel drawing 30x40 cm, framed.

Vosje in pastel 30x40cm incl. lijst €125.jpg

"Fox"  Pastel 30x40 cm, framed.

"Cat" Pastel 30x40 cm, framed.

Puttertje acrylverf
"Goldfinch" Acrylic  painting height 21 cm. (Sold)

Bijeneters, acrylverf schilderij, 70x100cm incl. lijst €325.jpg
"Bee-eaters" Acrylic painting 70x100 cm, framed.

Pestvogel acrylverf
"Bohemian waxwing" Acrylic painting 70 x 100 cm, framed.

Inquire about the price without obligation via email or telephone.


Berna Lamers
Tel: +31 6-18472399
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How does it work?

I prefer to work with clear digital reference photos that have a large file format. It is also possible to have a drawing or painting made of a passport photo. Passport photos often have a high resolution and are therefore very suitable. If your loved one has past away and you have no clear photos or the photos are of poor quality, then after consultation I will try to make a drawing or painting using the available photos.
Ideally, i prefer to make an appointment to discuss the assignment together and to find the most suitable photo, but you can also email the photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The desired size of the work, the color of the background, and other important aspects. I will contact you as soon as possible.
Pastel drawings:

(Portrait) drawings are made on high-quality paper with pastel and pencils of the highest quality. The drawing can be in color, black and white or in sepia (brown tones) and size according to your wishes. I have a big variety of paper colors for you to choose from, and i'm always happy to help you choose or advice the most suitable color for the drawing. When the pastel drawing is finished, it will be treated with pastel spray and delivered with a passe-partout, and enclosed in a cardboard folder for protection. I can also frame the drawing for you, i have a variety of frames you can choose from, but i can also use a frame that you like and have chosen.
A pastel drawing must always be framed behind glass because of the vulnerability of this type of drawing, and to perfectly preserve the drawing for decades to come.

Delivery time for a pastel drawing is approximately four weeks.
Oil paintings:

Oil paintings are painted on linen and treated with varnish twice. An oil painting is built up in several layers. Details can easily be added or changed on an oil painting. When the oil painting is finished, it will have to dry for another 3 weeks before being treated with retouching varnish. The retouching varnish allows oxygen to pass through, allowing the drying of the paint to continue unimpeded and the painting to be protected from dirt and dust. It takes about a year for the oil paint to dry properly on the linen. After that period the painting shall be treated once again with final varnish to preserve it, and to ensure it's longevity. For the final varnish you can choose from matte, gloss or high gloss.

Delivery time for an oil painting is approximately three months.
Hand-painted Christmas balls:

The Christmas balls are painted on the basis of a clear photo.
These Christmas balls are made of high-quality plastic and have a diameter of fifteen centimeters.
The Christmas ball can be further decorated with artificial snow and / or text of your liking.

It takes one week to create your hand-painted Christmass ball, depending on the amount of orders.
Payment and delivery:
When accepting an order, 10% of the purchase price has to be paid up front.
When the drawing or painting has been completed, you will receive an email with the photo of the completed work. At this time you can still request some adjustments to the drawing, if required. I will coninue to work and adjust the painting until it is perfect in both our eyes. You can also visist me at any time to view the progress or the final result.
After approval of the finalised work, the remaining amount will be paid. Upon receipt of payment, the drawing/painting will be carefully packaged and sent to you by registered mail.
If the drawing/painting is personally collected by you, cash payment will take place upon delivery.
Prices are excl. packaging and shipping costs.

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