As a kid, born and raised in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, I drew all the time… and I never stopped.
I went to school to study graphic design, then worked for ten years as an award-winning professional photographer. But eventually my love of drawing and painting took over and I became an illustrator. My illustrations have been published in many Dutch magazines and in 2011, I began blogging and started developing and teaching online art classes.
I know how it feels to be ‘stuck’, not knowing what to do next or how to develop your own style in drawing. Once, I felt frustrated about my creative life too, even though I was working in the creative business. By picking up my pencils and getting back to using simple and basic techniques, I found my creative voice again and haven’t stopped using it ever since.
In 2014 together with Danny Gregory, I founded Sketchbook Skool, an online art school designed to inspire creative storytelling through illustrated journaling. Sketchbook Skool encourages its global community to draw and, nurture creative habits, and keep a sketchbook regardless of skill level. Currently, I am taking a sabbatical and learning lots of new things!