Tjelda | paintings and works on paper |

Artist Biography

Ms. vander Meijden settled in Charleston, SC in 1996, where she found the Low Country and the history of the city reminiscent of Europe. Born in New Jersey, she spent her formative years living in The Netherlands and the United States. She received a formal education in classical painting, drawing and Intaglio at the National Academy of Design (NAD), New York, 1985-1988. And privately studied intaglio techniques with Sergei Tsvetkov, Rutgers University, NJ. Prior to NAD she studied Graphic Arts at the School of Visual Arts, New York City, NY. Early in Ms. vander Meijden's career she established herself as a plein air painter and a master printmaker. More recently her works explore subjects thematically and are directed towards environmental issues.


During the last thirty-five years, her prints and paintings have been featured in shows at the Fayetteville Museum of Art, Fayetteville, NC; The American Embassy, Reykjavik, Iceland; City Gallery, Charleston, SC; Washington Printmakers Gallery, Washington , DC; Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC; American Museum of Natural History, New York City, NY; MacCulloch Hall Historical Museum, Morristown, NJ; Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ; Lauren Rogers Museum of Art, Lauren, MI; Jekyll Island Museum, Jekyll Island, GA and Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, PA.


On behalf of the Art in Embassies Program, Ms. vander Meijden lectured at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavik, the Akureyri School of Visual Arts and the University of Akureyri, in North Iceland. She has lectured to the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. She has served on the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art Advisory Board, the Print Studio South, Charleston, SC and the Printmaking Council of New Jersey. She has taught monotype workshops at the Gibbes Museum School in Charleston, SC and participated as a Master Printer in Monothon '99, at the College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM


Recently at Crown Point Press in CA, Tjelda participated in gravure workshops perfecting the intricate and technical art of direct gravure printmaking. Direct gravure is a similar process to photogravure, but photographs are not used. Tjelda draws the image onto Mylar using graphite. Then the image is directly transferred to the photosensitized gelatin and exposed to UV lights. Aquatint is used to provide the tooth of the drawing, which is then etched into a copper plate in varying depths using a ferric chloride solution. Direct gravure prints are recognized for their beautiful deep rich blacks.

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