I will be showing right behind the Santa Fe Plaza in New Mexico from April through October this season, 2022. Please come visit me at this Fine Art Outdoor Show 1/2 a block west of the historic plaza. We are open from 9 am through 5:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. You can find the schedule for our shows on www.santafesocietyofartists.com
I am a painter of abstract landscapes.
My work derives from an experimental state of mind.
I investigate different possible usages of media, depending on what I want to say or show.
Collage, pouring and layering with paints, in relief and cutouts, allow me to play with the shifting between different worlds.
I often use textures of bare trees, blossoms, orbs and pearls. These textures show up in detailed areas. They can be the grid of something bigger, like fractals.
Lately I have been comparing my process of working with a beach comber. My dad would roam at the beaches of one of the Northern Dutch Islands (Terschelling or Schiermonnikoog), looking for treasure.
He would build something with things he would find.
I roam the Arroyo's here in Santa Fe New Mexico, right behind our house, with my eyes. My findings will sometimes show up in a painting, sometimes shifting between places and time.
Santa Fe, April 2022
'In and out'
It is hard work. My husband and our 11 year old son are helping me to get the show on the road at the crack of dawn and set up at the parking lot. Dream team, really. The wind from last week was laying low. The sun is being generous this weekend. Thank you weather.
There I am, sitting in my gallery. Glamping with my art on a parking lot. Makes me think of one of my art teachers from The Netherlands; 'Put your art out on the side walks, show it, it doesn't matter where, just do it' (thank you Kees Slegt). I'm doing it.
Aha erlebnissen come sudden and unexpected, that's why it's an 'ahaaaaa'.. One gentleman came by three times to see a painting of mine. The piece is called 'Wired'. The second time he came, there was another lady joining him who said this; 'The reason this is a good painting, is that there is an in and an out. Essential in life she said and she ran off. I wish I could have talked about that with her more. I understood her comment right away and it was applicable to this particular painting and at the same time an ahaaaaa... for me. And the gentleman? He ran off.
It was a weekend where everyone seemed to run in and out of my booth. Restless, no time, places to go, places to be. 'How are you?' I asked another visitor. 'Good', he said. 'Better now, after seeing your painting'. Georgia O'Keeffe said 'I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free'. Quotes are great and at the same time they might have been taken out of certain context that I would have liked to talk about. Grab and run. In and out.
It still felt good, even if it was for a moment.
Until next time,
Need help selecting a product or finding a sustainable option? Send me a message!