Esther van Hulsen has been working as a full-time artist since graduating from Minerva Art Academy Groningen in 2004, where she studied communication design and scientific illustration.
Her main subjects are animals – both now living and extinct – rendered in traditional media like water color, colored pencil, Copic Markers and acrylics.
She currently lives in Norway, where there is plenty of inspiration in its beautiful and rough nature. Esther has illustrated many books together with palaeontology professor Jørn Hurum. Multiple of these books have received awards for their illustrations and have been published in countries like Russia, China, Denmark, Norway, The Netherlands and France. Her work has also been published in magazines like National Geographic, Fossil News and Nature Magazine.
To achieve the great level of detail present in her paintings and drawings, Esther does a lot of sketching and drawing in zoos and museums in order to learn about the anatomy and characteristics of the animals she wants to portray. Her goal is to give the animals a lifelike appearance, with a hint of their individual personality shining through.