Growing up on a potato farm near Bentley, AB, I guess my love for all things rural was deeply ingrained from an early age. My family emigrated from the Netherlands in 1979 when I was only 4 years old. I quickly developed a strong connection to the land and even though I now live in Edmonton with my young family, my roots and heart still reside in the country. My parents always took time off from farming to really appreciate the lifestyle and the scenery I was privileged to grow up with. It certainly is a huge part of who I am. I have been very fortunate to have had many inspiring, supportive and creative people in my life.
I attended NAIT, studied Biological Sciences and worked for a number of years in crop research and plant/insect and disease identification. Fun stuff! I got to travel throughout the prairie provinces and those trips really cemented a love for all things simple and ordinarily rural. The light as it’s filtered through the dust generated by a combine, or the stillness that is disturbed only by my presence, these things stir my soul and compel my art. I appreciate the beauty of the everyday. The everyday field freshly swathed, the way the light hits an old shed near dusk, the poplar trees that are so common, yet so beautiful. That is my inspiration, my motivation is sharing it with others.