Female Portraits


It is my pleasure to paint portraits of women.

I love their stories, I love to make them visible,

to represent them just how they are. 

I have painted portraits of women who inspire me

women who's stories touched my heart

I have painted Idols and Icons, 

and women who nobody has ever heard from

I have painted portraits in commission;

aunties, grandmothers, sisters, mothers

and myself...

it is my pleasure to paint your picture too.

Below you can read how to order and

the incredible story how my painting was shared

in the UN Women Headquarters in New York in less then 3 months

after completing the painting...


"I've always been fascinated by artists because I admire in them what I don't dare myself.

The motivation to stay true to yourself at all costs....

Then you came into the picture and I started following you on FB and Instagram.

Your story: Australia, Bali, struggle, single mother, spiritually gifted, close to yourself etc, all of this sparked my genuine interest in you.


At the same time, the desire to eternalise beloved women on canvas played in my network. And you were working on a theme that matched this wish, giving voice to women's stories!

Everything came together for me...that's why I gave you the assignment and it worked out so well. We are very happy with the result" - Ayse -

The unfinished business of our time

Women and girls represent half of the world’s population and, therefore, also half of its potential. Gender equality, besides being a fundamental human right, is essential to achieve peaceful societies, with full human potential and sustainable development. Moreover, it has been shown that empowering women spurs productivity and economic growth.

Unfortunately, there is still a long way to go to achieve full equality of rights and opportunities between men and women, warns UN Women. Therefore, it is of paramount importance to end the multiple forms of gender violence and secure equal access to quality education and health, economic resources and participation in political life for both women and girls and men and boys. It is also essential to achieve equal opportunities in access to employment and to positions of leadership and decision-making at all levels.

The UN Secretary-General, Mr. António Guterres has stated that achievig gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world.


Representing women in the media

It is my honour to work in favour of genderequality by making women seen through art. 

Women won’t be equal anywhere until they’re equal everywhere — including in the media.

Across 114 countries, women comprise only 24% of the people we read about, see, or hear from on television, radio, and in the newspapers, according to one study spanning 20 years. 

Women’s representation and equal participation in the media shouldn’t be optional — it’s essential. If we want to break negative stereotypes of women off-screen, we’ll need to tackle them on-screen, too.*

It is important we make women seen, to share stories, to understand the role women play, their talents, their importance. It has become my mission to raise my voice to honour women in the world through art. 


The amazing story of...

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"Seeing such a huge snowball effect of painting one painting and taking the effort to make one woman visible, made me realise that if I keep taking action doing what I love most, which is painting, I can actually make an impact, make a change. " - Marieke -


In the summer of 2019 I made this painting in commission for a friend. It is his mother Orsine. After asking him about her, he told me she was a talented writer. 

I thought the story about her was incredible, and after seeing an open call for an art exhibition about gender equality, I sent my painting in. 

This work 'Orsine' then became part of the exhibition #Artivism for gender equality, where 25 art pieces were exhibited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration for Action, the most visionary agenda for women’s rights and empowerment everywhere.

A poster of the painting along with her story was displayed at the regional Civil Society Forum and official Regional Review Meeting on Beijing+25 (Beijing Platform for Action) from Geneva, Switzerland, on 28-30 October 2019, with over 1000 participants.


This exhibition was conceptualized by Women’s Major Group and UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia.

UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (RO ECA) used the art pieces on their website and UN Women RO ECA and shared the pieces with UN Women Headquarters from New York.

The art exhibition posters were added to the civil society compilation report on the regional meeting. This compilation was shared globally and reflects the main outcomes of civil society in our region on the Beijing+25 process.




interview De Castricummer 1
interview Castricummer 2
interview Castricummer 3

From 01-01-2022 I am working on a project "Ronduit Uitgesproken" to make 22 women in the North of Holland seen through art. 

Read here if your commission fits the project. 

For more information please contact me through the form beneath.