Meet the Artist
I work from my humble home studio in the attic of our house. I wanted my workplace to be homy and inspiring so I hung up dreamcatchers, woven wall hangings, and vintage frames with some of my art. I bring my children to school every morning, make a cup of tea, and start my work day... (okay, let's be honest; laundry and dishes first :P). I create illustrations mostly for children's book writers. My illustrations are made with pastel and I consider my style to be organic, whimsical, and it often depicts an emotion; sorrow or humor. When I'm not busy illustrating for other writers, I write and illustrate my own children's books. There's something so fulfilling about coming up with a story that can open up an imaginary world for children. My mind is just one big explosion of ideas and creativity and I'm always excited to start a new project!
I was born and raised in the Netherlands and grew up in a creative family. Surrounded by my mom's handwoven creations and the smell of clay and paint, I spent my childhood drawing to the sound of my dad playing piano. Enough inspiration, right? I couldn't quite find my niche though, and always wanted to go travel the world. At seventeen years old I met an American, and at nineteen I decided to leave my country to be with him. We married, and I ended up living in the United States for ten years before deciding together to move back to the Netherlands. We now live here with our five children. If I'm not busy illustrating or raising children (when they sleep haha), I like to thrift shop, create new recipes, play piano, or dream about traveling the world.