Beauty is something we all need, one way or another. For Ilse Oelbers personally, the beauty of art takes her away from daily life. She cannot imagine living without it. People are her most important inspiration. “We all do have our imperfections which makes every person perfect”. In her work she strives to portray both strength and energy of people, but also their vulnerability. The beauty in people is hope, and gives Ilse Oelbers the best inspiration to develop her work.

Ilse Oelbers was trained in Lowestoft (England) in traditional boatbuilding. She worked for a number of years as a sailor and ships carpenter on various Tall Ships. In 2003 Oelbers came back in the Netherlands and started making wooden sculptures and other ship decorations. She felt een urgent need though for making her own work which resulted in 2010 in a life size clay sculpture which was bronze casted. A number of bronze sculptures and portraits followed in a small edition. Her work is developing continuously .