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Participation Galleria360

I am very pleased to announce three of my paintings will be a part of “Arte Donna”, at the Galleria360 in Florence Italy from 4 March – 28 March.

The art director Angela Fagu and the architect Riccardo Piagentini have selected female artists, from all over the world by signing a outfitting that carries the visitor in a multi-voice narration and of dual significance, intimate and universal. “Arte Donna” is an invitation to the awareness of different worlds and aims to promote a turning point and commencement of an artistic action promoting change and, at the same time, the awareness on the status of women.” — galleria360 about arte donna 2016

Please find further information about location and the vistiting hours on “Arte Donna”

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Starting 2016 with a bold decision 


NYE @TheErasmusbrug Rotterdam.

I hope you all had a wonderful new Year’s Eve, surrounded by your loved ones. My sisters and I danced our way into 2016 after watching the fireworkshow on the Erasmusbrug.

Although 2015 was a productive year for me at my day-job, including several promotions within my departement, I took a very bold decision to quit my well-payed job at the end of February and pursue my life as a artist.

The reason for this radical change is the fact that, the last couple of months I was constantly beat and  exhausted. I had no energy at all and every thing was felt like too much. As a result  I haven’t been that productive as an artist, I even couldn’t see the oppurtunities I did have, all this made me lose contact with my autenthic Self.

After holding several motivationspeeches with myself why I should continue my job and how grateful I should be for having a job, for almost every day in December, it became clear to me that Life already lead me towards my path. I already saw a glimpse of this road from the corner of my eye for almost a year now. Filled with creations, ideas and oppurtunities but I didn’t really listen or dare to look. My fear and anxiety held me back, back from following the path, MY Path in my own time and rhytm.

Finally reality hit me, many sleepless nights have awoken me. There was nowhere else to go, nowhere to hide. It was like my heart made my body and head turn towards my adventures and slightly uncertain road, giving me courage and faith to step towards it, step by step and eventually my mind had no choice but to follow. Looking my fear in the eye made me realize that what I had to lose by not walking on and how much I would gain by stepping on.

I want to spent my time and energy on that what makes me truly happy and to put this positive and creating energy towards that what makes me feel fullfilled as a humanbeing.

After I made my decision and listened to my heart and  intuition, it all became clear to me. Now I feel truly in touch with myself, strong and full with creative energy!  Today I even created my bedroom into spacecious loft like room. As a matter of fact my desk now stands freely in the room, facing my balkonydoor and windows. How is that for broadening my horizons?! The only thing left to do is to buy some secondhand drawers to tidy the space up and to downsize; selling some furniture what only stands in the way and donate some of my clothes to the salvation army to create even more space.

In Spring I will

  • finish my new collection paintings
  • launch my new website
  • have a ‘Open House’ giving people the oppurtunity to meet me and see and buy my work

Offcourse you will be a part of my new but familiar choosen road. I will keep you posted and Thank you all for following me so far.

The luscious outcome after a mindful week.

I got two weeks off again and the first one was a week full with relaxation and exploration.
Because I went to Corfu not even two months ago, I decided to stay this holiday at home and do absolutly nothing. Just wake up and see what the day brings, the ultimate luxury.

It worked out rather wonderful and full with pleasant suprises.

I started my day with medidating. This was not as easy as a couple of months ago. Silence and concentration is hard to find nowadays, with so much stimuli in my life. My full time day job considers helping very demanding and often negative customers, 7hours behind the computer with a headset on.

As a result of this, the last months my energy level sank down, followed by doing things which cost no energy; watching series on the telly and eating more than nessecary. But even to sit down and trying to hear that inner voice again makes me feel peaceful, a little healed and energetic!

Throughout  the week I colored a lot of mandala’s and it actually helped me to get more patience and to stay in the moment.

You see mandala colouring with a colorpencil was a bit of a nightmare for me. I like the volume of paint, you can use a lot of it, can make big strokes and even throw it on te canvas. Fiddeling with a tiny wooden stick did not seem worth it.

But there I am fiddeling and even enyoing myself!

Thursday evening I found myself taking part of another more horrifying challenge, try to sing a musical note. I can’t sing and it seems that I am absolute tonedeaf which is a bit odd because I have a good feeling for rythem and melody.

But nevertheless, I signed up for two lessons of ‘Discover your voice’, a three day course by Asmara. This course helps you to find your own voice by learning about melody, tone and sound. It was great and I suprised myself and my sisters with signing a line! I am looking forward to next week.

On Friday my afternoon turned out as another little adventure. I had a 90 min massage at Qoqo, but because I arrived there a hour early at the appointment (misread the clock), I went out walking in the neighbourhood and ended up at Adem Inn, a coffeeplace where phones are abandoned.

The place is like a cosy livingroom and separated by a glas wall there is the silence area, with comfortable chairs, a boat filled with chusions and little holes in the wall where you can cuddle up with a good book and there are plenty of those to chose from. There even is a table with, guess what… Mandala colouring pages! So within a half hour i colored a rather sweet one filled with flowers, while enjoying my green tea.

All this living in the moment and trying new things made me feel very content and at eas. From this State of mind I started Wednesday with painting. Not creating a piece of art but therapheutic painting.

But the result on friday is just fantastic and says it all.


This was a old painting, first painted in 2011 and from that time on every year I painted it over, keeping some elements and changing others.

The flowers are the only object, although it has had many transformations, which remain from the second painting session. The plant, the colors and the different textures are all made this week. Lush, vibrant and colorful that is how I feel, after this wonderful week.

Creating space

Corfu was great, fantastic sunny weather, great hotel and good food. I went on a trip to a local vineyard, bought excellent wine and visited a ecological bee-farm, learned a thing or two about bees and the proces of honeymaking.

Now I am back for just over a month and I almost bought a pavilion in a nearby community Garden.

The reason? Well, for the last four years I am using my bedroom as my studio. The small space did not stop me from painting and creating. It was a whole routine: dusting before painting, putting plastic on the floor for spraying the varnish after painting and cleaning up afterwards for multiple times and after all that finding the right spot and light for taking pictures.

But, after four years, the space feels crammed. It has become a storage place for my finished work, the new canvasses and materials. Not to forget there is also my bed, wardrobe and my other personsal belongings.

After thinking through several solutions, from creating space by buying a lot of furniture in the bedroom to buy a gazebo, none was or felt as the ideal working space.

So I decided to sign myself up for a temporary studio via SKAR. This is a initiative which offers permanent and temporary housing  for professional artists in affordable and suitebale workspaces.

After signing up and sending in my portfolio, last week I recived the good news from them that I have been placed on the waiting list. Hooray!

Now I only have to be patience. Life has proved to me that everything happens at the right time.

In the spirit of making space, creating order in the chaos and simpely to close a chapter so I can begin a new one, I sorted out my paintings.

The canvasses took up so much space I decided to get rid of some of them, ten in total. first I stripped them from the frame and then after a good look  I threw them in the bin.

I do not regret it. They where just representing different moments in the last four years in which I learned so much; about painting, the technical and the creating part, about the hard work and how as a artist you can stand in your own way of expressing yourself.

These moments, I did expres myself and that made be aware that, without painting or creating my thoughts I feel misrable, limited and disconnected from the world and myself.

So, with that in mind I made “collage”, took a snapshot and said farewell.

Time for new moments.