The island of Curaçao is often referred to as the Caribbean's "Hidden Treasure". This tropical paradise is small but sophisticated, cosmopolitan, exotic and rich with history and culture. Although located less than 50 miles off the coast of Venezuela, the island has a strong European influence evident in its colorful Dutch colonial architecture. The capital city of Willemstad has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage City. The 150 000 inhabitants come from many different nationalities and speak Dutch, Spanish, English and Papiamentu, a rich creole language.
The perfect combination of stunning geography, rich cultural and architectural resources and that indefinable quality of being authentic and compelling, make Curaçao a great place to paint 'en plein air' (outdoors). The clear azure-blue waters surrounding the island with the colorful marine life are perfect for painting 'en plein eau' (underwater).