I wish you good health, lots of love and positivity in 2021!
In the beginning of 2020 I found it difficult to create anything. What to create when the whole world is turned upside down? It was not possible to teach art and as for many people my life has taken place at home since. Fortunately, that is also where my studio is located!
While homeschooling my son, I started creating a small collection of letterbox paintings. Brievenbus schilderijtjes in Dutch. Small collages on wood I can send (via letterbox post) to your loved ones far away.
In the summer I took inspiring online classes with the Spanish artist Amaya Gurpide. In recent years I have become increasingly fascinated by drawing as an independent art form and bringing together wet and dry techniques in a drawing. Amaya's lessons have taught me a lot in this area.
The changing moods that events worldwide evoked in me can be seen in my work. Working with a great model I started on some bigger drawings in which I want to visualise the impact that 2020 had on me.
Mweh! (1) is a large drawing I've worked on for several months and the first of a series. It came to be because every now and then I want to shut the world out. This feeling came over me more than a few times in 2020. The need to do nothing but simply hang out and breathe for a while.
I am looking forward to see what 2021 has in store for us!
I can't wait for classrooms to be filled with creative and bubbly kids and to see their projects come to life. Until then, I work steadily in my studio at home.
In addition to my free work, I accept assignments. Surprise me with your creative ideas and I will make it work!
Unfortunately, an exhibition or open atelier is impossible now, but you are more than welcome to make an appointment to visit my studio. If you have any questions about my work, don't hesitate to call or email me!