RECENT WORKS on canvas





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Loopstra’s work takes the viewer on a passage of discovery by weaving through pathways and portals into known and unknown spaces. Cued by nature, her use of light, dark, texture and line creates a provocative tension. She evokes the brightness of life and the beauty of its dark mystery. 

A passionate and curious explorer, Loopstra is influenced by her travels, ideas of science, nature, consciousness, mysticism and meaning. Her work references both a micro and macro view of the universe by unearthing how the material world resonates with and reflects our ineffable nature.    

Through an intuitive process, Loopstra’s paintings unfold like a journey.  She flows with her instincts, developing layers, working back into them allowing her paintings to change and grow along the way.  Each piece evolves in its own time and finds its unique voice. Her technique is a celebration of the ever-changing process that is life itself.


Esther Loopstra is an artist, illustrator and teacher whose work is an extension of her perpetual curiosity. She grew up in southern California, received her BFA in Illustration at Minneapolis College of Art and design and now lives in Seattle. 

Her paintings and illustrations radiate whimsy, dreaminess, and fluidity. Her work has been shown in galleries, used for print ads, editorials, books, stationery products, & textiles. She also helps others find and express the creativity that resides inside of them in her workshops as well as by teaching at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.


Helping others find and express the creativity that resides inside of them is at the core of what brings me joy. I give talks on a variety of topics and have been told that my enthusiasm and curiosity is contagious. I’ve been called a “Creativity Expert” because I love speaking about what I’ve learned on my journey as a working illustrator, teacher and artist.