As a little girl, next to nature, I adored my childhood picture books and decided at an early age I wanted to pass on the joy I experienced through these beautifully illustrated books to other people through my own art.
As a child I had seen a news item about Dutch illustrator Thé Tjong-Khing and after that I knew what drawing as a grown up could look like.
Since that time I wanted to share my art and make people happy with my art just as artists before me had made me happy.
My art always has been a way to communicate, show and share.
My most recent art is heavily influenced by a dramatic event that took place in 2013.
Very unexpectedly my mom was diagnosed with colon cancer and only a few days after her diagnosis she died.
In the period shortly after this I felt cut off from the world, as if the wind could just pick me up or blow right through me.
I would go out for long walks in nature and slowly started to land again.
I would have the overwhelming feeling of being connected to nature, to the natural world, the trees, the animals…
Everything that grew and died and in death made it possible for other beings to grow and live. I started to feel rooted again.
My art became about sharing these experiences. Sharing my love for nature, its beauty and the overwhelming force that nature, or life, truely is.
The art that emerged from this period can be found in the portfolio section called 'Cycle'.
If you understand Dutch it might be fun to watch Michael Minneboo interviewing me about my art and much more in the blog titled:
Live Team-Up with artist and comic lover Melissa Halley.
Do you want to know more about the art supplies I use? Please click here.