why I made LIFE...

My firstborn Desirée died of a brain-tumour when she was 5 1/2 year old 1996. After six years of struggling with depression, burn out and declining health I started working on my exhibition LIFE 2003 dedicated to her. LIFE took five years to finish and the premier opening was 2007. 

It took me many years of thinking to come to terms with life again and to go on living. I was asking myself the questions... Why her? Where is she now? Why are we here? Did I do something wrong? Am I being punished?

It's such a traumatic experience when someone close to you dies.

It changed my life… made me humble… made me realize what a fantastic planet we live on…

and that each and one of us, humans, animals, the smallest insect, all that are growing, are unique and precious.

Years later I woke up in the middle of the night at 3.30 in October 2003. I had this film in my head with pictures… coming on and on. I ran downstairs to my kitchen, grabbed a pile of cheap printing papers and the children's box with crayons, and put down on paper all the images I had in my head.

I was truly convinced that this was very important and something I just had to do.

I needed to do this to give hope and happiness to other people!!!

I was working with Life at home from 2003 to 2007, when my children where in school and this was before I had my studio. 

There where art material everywhere, paintings in every corner, not so nice food on strange hours, cats, dogs... Pure chaos. 

That's how Life was made.

I think the message in Life is timeless… a message that never dies.

The stark colours and simple shapes communicate the message. 

I made life to expose the fantastic life in and around us. 

I want the paintings to reach out to everybody. 

It doesn't matter which ethnic group you belong to, whether you are a man, woman or a child.

Many people show strong emotional reactions when they see Life. Joy, sorrow and tears. 

Forgotten knowledge is stirred, without the observer being fully aware of why…