One day the water stopped flowing. The blooming trees on the riverbed withered and died and the creatures living in and among them disappeared. Stark shapes were all that remained. The only solution was to work with these shapes. It remained dry and dark for a long time. Then, slowly, the water started returning.
What felt at first like a limitation of my freedom became a whole world of its own. First there was color, shape and texture to explore. Then the tree trunk shape became a tapestry for narrative, for I am drawn to the narrative. And many other changes took place, from stark and abstract to colorful and patterned, from single trees to many trees to connected trees. For, like human beings, trees are social creatures and stay in touch with eachother to protect themselves. Trees provide endless inspiration for art and study and discovering the workings of our interconnected universe.
My solo show is called "Doodling in the Dark" and will run from December 8 to January 14, with an Opening Reception on Saturday, December 9, 3-6pm.
Born The Hague, the Netherlands. First incarnation: international lawyer, in Rotterdam, New York, Paris and Johannesburg.
1997-2001 Johannesburg Art Foundation, South Africa
2002-2006 Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC
2008 Corcoran College of Art + Design: Linda and Douglas Rosenbaum Scholarship for Excellence in Drawing and Painting
2015 Tree Stories, Middle Street Gallery, Sperryville, VA
2014 Elementrees, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC, curator Judy Southerland
2013 Thoughts and Dreams, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC, curator Bill Carroll
2012 (Un)seen, (Un)known, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC, curator Joan Danziger
2011 Recent Work, Arts Club of Washington, DC, curator Christopher Wirth
Select Group Exhibitions
2017 One House, Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC
2016 United in Passion and Pride, Gateway Arts Center, Washington, DC
2015 Common Ground, Korean Cultural Center, DC, curator Judy Southerland
2015 Members and Friends, Middle Street Gallery, Sperryville, VA
2014 Members and Friends, Middle Street Gallery, Sperryville, VA
2014 Open Studio, Rappahannock Ass’n for Art and the Community, Annual Art Tour
2014 All-Member Show, Middle Street Gallery, Sperryville, VA
2014 New Space, New Directions, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC
2014 Monochrome, Middle Street Gallery, Sperryville, VA
2013 Open Studio, Rappahannock Ass’n for Art and the Community, Annual Art Tour
2013 Heat, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC
2012 Max16, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC
2012 Open Studio, Rappahannock Ass’n for Art and the Community, Annual Art Tour
2009 CentroNia Art Gala, Katzen Center, American University, Washington, DC
2009 Courage Unmasked, Katzen Center, American University, Washington, DC (invit.)
2009 Fresh – Urban Contemporary Art, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA; juror Clark V. Fox
2007 Juried Alumni Exhibition, Gallery 31, Corcoran Gallery, DC, juror George Hemphill
2006 Art of Note, Kennedy Center (invit.), Women’s Comm., NSO
2005 Faces of the Fallen, Women’s Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, VA
2014 Sow’s Ear Poetry Review (Fall 2014), cover image of painting Under the Greenwood Tree
2013 Special Issue Netherlands Arbitration Journal, Rose Window for Pieter Sanders’ 100th Birthday, digital photography
2008 Pink Attitude, Editions Liz, Paris, France, photo from Soweto Sunrise series (2000)
1988 Iran-US Claims Tribunal, commissioned drawing printed and framed as official Tribunal gifts; later used (2003-12) as the Tribunal’s website emblem.
2017 Rappahannock News 11/23, description of "Doodles in the Dark"
2014 Washington Post 9/20, review Mark Jenkins, Solo Exhibition Elementrees, Studio Gallery
2013 Washington Post 8/2, review Mark Jenkins of painting My Nails Can Reach Unto Thine Eyes in Group Show Heat, Studio Gallery
2012 Rappahannock News, 11/1, interview by Megan Smith