• Painter, Gov. Tom McCall’s portrait, 1982.
  • Painter, Gov. John Kitzhaber’s portrait, 2009.

About Henk Pander

Born in the Netherlands in 1937, Henk Pander joined his father, artist Jacob (Jaap), on drawing and watercolor painting expeditions. Pander enrolled at Amsterdam’s Rijksacademie in 1956, received training in drawing and painting and was educated about Dutch art. 

In 1964, Pander met Marcia Lynch, an art student from Oregon, and they were married in Amsterdam and moved to Portland with their infant son, Jacob, the next year. Pander has continued to live in Oregon, and taught painting and drawing at Museum Art School (now Pacific Northwest College of Art). He diversified his artwork production to include poster-making, portraiture, public art (including Oregon Percent for Art commissions) and works such as still life paintings and Dutch and American landscapes.  

Pander created two pieces of artwork that hang in the Capitol: a portrait of Governor Tom McCall in 1982, and a portrait of Governor John Kitzhaber in 2009. Governor Ted Kulongoski honored Pander with the Governor’s Arts Award in 2005.

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