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Born in Amsterdam in 1969, I was trained as a decorative painter and worked doing faux marble finishing, gilding and other decorative techniques while exploring in my own paintings on canvas new ways to paint and express my vision of the world.
Today I'm working on a series of portaits, all with the same approach: no-nonsense realism, focussing on the characteristics of the portrayed, like this self portrait.
Earlier work: my 'quixotic' landscapes, traditional oil-on-canvas paintings about cloud structures: Clouds can be made of waterdamp in the air, fluids in air or water, dust, ashes, smoke and so on. Waterdamp clouds have ornamented our skies since the beginning of time, constantly changing the light on our landscapes, their appearance unmodified by humans.. For these series about cloud structures, I use traditional oil on canvas, though in very thin layers, like glacis, witch allows me to work with light & darkness. And my (as they say :) ) incredibly realistic epoxy resin pieces; looking like slices of mineral with a lot of depth, representing organic structures which I see as the ‘Structures of Life’
To me, ‘Life’ is the primal force that moves everything in the universe, from one physical state to the next.With the possibilities we have today to study life from the tiniest particle to the largest scale it’s amazing to see how the same structures appear everywhere: a walnut looks like a human brain, frozen fish like marble while some stone species resemble aerial photos of the Nordic fjords.. and when we see pictures of neurons we wonder about their delicate plant-like ‘roots’.From microscopic details to the largest scale in space, life seems to manifest itself everywhere in similar structures. And since no matter ever disappears, all the components of which it exists are over and over rearranged, structuring and forming patterns, cycle after cycle.In this light, is there even a distinction between 'natural' and 'artificial' ?If a spider builds a web, we call it natural, so if big animals like ourselves create things isn't that just part of one big system, recycling all matter that exists infinitely?
Infinitely is beyond our capacity to truly understand. But infinity is all there is, and all we can do my friends, is see and wonder…
4-5-'17 Finalist for the RADAR Art Prize
3-12-'17 Special merits at the Light, Space & Time ‘Patterns’ Art Competition
3-12-'17 Special recognition at the Light, Space & Time ‘Patterns’ Art Competition
21-12-'17 Finalist for the London Contemporary Art Prize
3-1-’18 Special merits at the Light, Space & Time ‘All women’Art Competition
2-6-’18 Special merits at the Light, Space & Time ‘Landscapes’ Art Competition
2-6-’18 Special recognition at the Light, Space & Time ‘Landscapes’ Art Competition
1-9 ’18 Special merits at the Light, Space & Time ‘Open’ Art Competition
20-11-'18 Diamond award of exelence at the GalleryRing's SKY show
01-01-'19 Finalist at the FusionArt 'Landscapes' Competition
15-01-'19 5th place in the FusionArt 'Women Quarterly Art Competition"