Dutch Australian, I was born and raised on the Darling Downs, Queensland. I’ve been drawing and painting animals particularly horses for as long as I can remember. Some of my first memories are drawing ponies as a young girl. During high school, Visual Art was always my favourite class, and I was lucky enough to have some great teachers that really encouraged and guided me.
When I first left school, I studied visual art at Tafe, but for various reasons I deferred to Bachelor of Business. Due to time constraints with our business and competing in equestrian events, my art had taken a bit of a back seat until a few years ago after I sustained a hip injury, which meant I needed to give up riding for 18 months. I started painting and drawing again and it’s the best thing I could have done!!
I’ve rediscovered my love of painting and I’m enjoying it more than ever. I love the feeling of being immersed in the moment when painting. I love seeing a piece emerge as I progress through my process. I also have a love of sculpture and hoping to have some small equestrian pieces available soon.
I find inspiration in rural and equestrian life. I’m lucky to live in a rural area with great views and big skies. I love taking my own reference photos for my paintings and I’m also enjoying some landscape photography.
Our property attracts a varied abundance of birds – I love how the resident birds come and remind me to put out feed for them. As well as our own horses and poultry – we have obliging neighbours that let me photograph their sheep, goats and cattle. I love seeing what I can create from these photos with my brushes.