After my university education and professional career, I studied at the Art Academy Haarlem-Leiden. From an early age I was inspired by Matisse but also by the Dutch painter Judith Leyster (1609-1660). Nowadays I am inspired by modern abstract art in which existing material are rediscovered and, reused.For years I have worked abroad for international development organizations and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Through my work I came into contact with many different cultures. In Latin American and Africa I was inspired by the colorful combinations and (re)use of materials. The Asian paintings and design also made a deep impression on me because of their techniques and sleek shapes.
2007-2011 Art Academy Haarlem-Leiden
2006-2007 Art Academy KABK, The Hague
1980-1986 Social science, Andragology UvA, Amsterdam