I have been painting all my life. In art school photography entered my life and I bought my first of many cameras. Whether in painting or photography, abstraction is at the basis of all my work.
Rain has been a huge theme for me for years now. I love exploring the mysterious world of shimmering reflective surfaces that appear during or after it has rained. Looking through a window during a rain shower shows the world without its sharp contours, shows colours that blend together instead of their sharp contrasts.
I work in layers. I add, I take away, I add again. I may add again. Or take away.
I usually work on more than one painting at a time. There is always a layer that needs drying, a painting that needs some time or I might want to go back to a painting I thought was finished. I don’t stop until the painting expresses what I feel. Colours shift over time, they become darker, they become brighter. It’s an ongoing process- a process I love.
If you would like to see my paintings, drop me an email and we can set up a visit to my atelier here in Amsterdam. Or visit one of my exhibitions.
- NDSM Fuse Amsterdam, Expo 9, December 2020 – April 2021
- Open Studios NDSM Treehouse, Friday 4 December 14.00 – 18.00
- Open Ateliers Noord, 14 – 15 November 2020 (postponed)
- NDSM Fuse Amsterdam, Expo VIII, September – December 2020
- Voltahalle Basel, 2018: group exhibition painting
- Front of Bicycle Pop-up Gallery Basel, 2017: exhibition painting
- Biennale Pratteln, 2017: Group exhibition of selected Basel artists
- Basel Art Center Basel, 2016: group exhibition painting
- Hauptort für Gestaltung Basel, 2015: Group exhibition
- BIS Exhibition Room Bottmingen, 2015: solo exhibition painting
- Kunstraum Art Mathieu, Olten, 2015: solo exhibition Painting “An einem schönen regnerischen Tag”
- Ateliers Florenz, Basel, 2013: solo exhibition photography & painting: “Abstrakte Positionen”
- Art Wall at Centrepoint Basel, 2012: solo exhibition
- Le Triangle, Huningue (FR), 2012: “Rencontre Photographique”
- Alte Post Riehen, 2010: group exhibition photography “Emotions”
- Fall 2020, Dutch Atelier of Realistic Art in Haarlem: Painting from the old masters
- April 2018 & 19, Chelsea College of Arts London: Oil Painting course
- 2009 – 2012, Freie Kunsthochschule Freiburg (Germany): Fine arts – painting
- 2008 – 2011, Zürcher Hochschule der Kunsten: Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Photography
- 2006 – 2008, UCK- Utrecht Centre for Arts: Fine arts – painting, photography and sculpture
- 2000 – 2002, Teacher qualification for vocational and adult education
- 1991 – 1995, Utrecht University- English Language and Literature
- 1989 – 1991, Art School, Tilburg, The Netherlands
I love teaching and I taught art for many years in Basel. I arrived in Amsterdam around the same time as COVID19, so I wasn’t able to start teaching art here. I hope to do so again in the future, but in the meantime I am loving teaching Dutch as Second Language online. But I know that one day I’ll be teaching art again!